Escom snatch draw against Bullets

Bullets FC fans left the Kamuzu stadium with their heads down after their team gave away a 1 – 0 lead with only 3 minutes to go in a TNM super league game against defending champions Escom United on Friday.

Noel Mkandawire’s heart stopping shot was too hot for Bullets substitute goalkeeper Macdonald Harawa to handle before kissing the roof of the net to level matters.

It was a much improved Bullets performance on a hot afternoon as they kicked the electricians out of the game with wonderful passes and patient build up play.

Escom looked out of sorts for the better part of the game as Bullets closed all the supply lines reducing the super stars of Escom to chase shadows of themselves.

Escom needed a last-gasp goal from Mkandawire to salvage draw against Bullets

Waile Tembeta’s classic strike in the first half looked likely to condemn Escom to another painful defeat having lost 2 – 1 to Azam Tigers last weekend but a loss was not part of the script although it looked likely.

Tembeta picked up a loose ball from the left and looked like he wanted to cross the ball only to end up in the net beating Charles Swini in style.

Led by the enterprising Henry Kabichi, Bullets kept possession well and looked dangerous on the attack creating some good scoring opportunities on the way but failed to extend their lead.

Ndaziona Chatsalira, Noel Mkandawire and substitute Heston Munthali laboured in vain to find an equaliser.

A moment of Noel Mkandawire class rescued a point for the defending champions much to the disappointment of Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo who told Nyasa Times that his boys played well and deserved maximum points.

“Its unfortunate that the players lost concentration in the dying minutes but hard luck to the boys because they played well today,” he said.

Ng’onamo said he desparetely needed victory in his second game in charge but says a draw is not a bad result.

His opposite number Charles Manda hailed his charges for not giving up but admitted that Bullets outclassed them.

“We didn’t play well and missed a lot of scoring opportunities in the first half but a point is better off than a loss,” he said.

Apart from giving away a goal in the dying minutes, the peoples team also suffered a blow when goalkeeper Swadick Sanudi sustained a deep cut on his eyelid after a collision with an Escom player. Doctors are yet to assess the extent of the injury.

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