The battle for leadership hit a higher gear over the weekend to push the championship most decisive phase far from being arrived at after Salima based soldiers Mafco FC missed the chance return to the top when they were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw by Dwangwa United at the Chitowe Stadium on Sunday.
Mafco took the lead through Vitumbiko Phiri before Dwangwa United levelled the scores through former Mighty Be Forward Wanderers attacker Cuthbert Sinetre.
The soldiers had to rely on their hit-man Richald Mbulu who restored the lead later in the game to make it 2-1.
But it was Hassan Upindi who spilled the beans and broke the hearts of Mafco players, technical panel and supporters when he scored the equaliser that denied Mafco an opportunity to dislodge defending
champions Nyasa Big Bullets from the top position late in the game.
Bullets beat resillient visiting Karonga United 4-3 in thrilling match played at the Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday to occupy the top position for the first time since the 2016-2017 season commenced.
Karonga is the only team that has managed to beat Bullets in the league during the entire 2016 soccer season.
The rookies who are battling for relegation beat the champions 1-0 in the first round courtesy of a Hygien Mwandepeka loan strike.
By the end of Week 27, the top five teams are separated by only two points with the top three comprising of Nyasa Big Bullets, Mafco and Blue Eagles tied on 45 points.
Mafco are on second, Blue Eagles third and the three are separated with goal difference.
Silver Strikers and Kamuzu Barracks sits on positions four and five respectively.
K.B remained stagnant on fifth despite registering a 2-0 win over fellow soldiers Moyale Barracks on Saturday at the Civo Stadium.
Meanwhile, Mafco FC striker Mbulu still leads the top scorers chart with 18 goals.