Mighty Be Forward Wanderers maintained the seven point gap on top of the TNM Super League log table as they played a one-all draw against bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets in a top-of-the table clash played before a big crowd at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
The Nomads were on target barely eight minutes into the game- courtesy of a direct free kick from Joseph Kamwendo.
Soon after putting his team in the driving seat, the Wanderers’ captain limped off the field after twisting his leg.
He was replaced by right winger Isaac Kaliati.
Bullets were level midway into the first half, when Chiukepo Msowoya headed in a cross from Fischer Kondowe.
Half-time whistle caught the teams tied at one-all.
On the resumption Wanderers substituted left winger Ted Sumani for youthful Precious Sambani.
Bullets followed with a double substitution, taking out Bright Muthali and Mike Mkwate for Nelson Kangunje and Muhammad Sulumba.
Both sides exhausted their substitutions with Wanderers resting Jafali Chande for Khumbo Ng’ambi while Mussa Manyenje paved way for former Wanderers striker Jimmy Zakazaka.
Despite Wanderers dominating play and creating good chances in the second half, no more goals came.
Both camps expressed satisfaction with the result with NBB team manager James Chilapondwa saluting his boys for fighting from a goal down to salvage a point.
“We really wanted the three points to reduce the seven point gap but the draw is a fair result for us considering we were trailing our opponents,” said Chilapondwa.
His counterpart Steve Madeira also described the draw as a fair result for his side.
“We could have won this game if we had taken our chances and prevented Bullets from equalizing but a draw is not a bad result for us because we have maintained the seven points gap at the top,” said Madeira.
With the result, Wanderers are still on top of the standings with 55 points from 24 games trailed by Bullets on 48 points from 23 games.
Team line ups
Ted Sumani (Precious Sambani)
Alfred Manyozo jnr
Joseph Kamwendo (Isaac Kaliayati)
Jafali Chande (Khumbo Ng’ambi)
Mike Mkwate (Nelson Kangunje)
Mussa Manyenje (Jimmy Zakazaka)
Bright Munthali (Muhammad Sulumba)