Jafali Chande scored the only goal in the second half to inspire Big Bullets to a 1-nil victory over sworn rivals Mighty Wanderers in the Super League played at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon to open up a 10 point gap over second placed MAFCO F.C.
Bullets were coming from an emphatic 4-2 victory over Red Lions a fort night ago whilst Wanderers were looking to bounce back from their disappointing 1-nil defeat to Kamuzu Barracks.
The hosts had their closest chance in the opening 3 minutes when Sankhani Nyirenda won a ball just outside the penalty box but failed to score past Richard Chipuwa in an unbelievable circumstances.
Bullets were pressing harder as Nyirenda missed another golden opportunity when he was found unmarked in the penalty box.
Wanderers then settled down just before the half hour mark as Isaac Kaliyati released a 28 metre drive forcing Chimwemwe Kumkwawa to make a stunning save for a corner.
The Nomads dominated possession, displaying more intensity with the ball and more creativity in attack. Ibrahim Sadick was taken off for Mike Kaziputa.
Despite playing second fiddle in the half, Bullets almost scored from a free kick when Jellesi Lufeyo managed to beat the Nomads wall but not Chipuwa who tipped the ball over the cross bar.
Diverson Mlozi came in for ineffective Nyirenda but he too failed to make an impact as Kondwani Lufeyo, Stainley Sanudi, Ted Sumani and Peter Mselema stood firm to deny Bullets from finding the back of the net.
Bullets kept pushing hard for the opener and Mlozi drew a good reaction save from Chipuwa in the 51st minute.
But finally, the league holders got their goal in a dramatic fashion.
Lufeyo’s low drive pass released found Mlozi who managed to utilized on a slipped ball from advanced Chipuwa to find Chande unmarked and he made a simple finish to put the ball into the empty net, 1-0.
Few minutes later, Kaziputa’s penalty shoot was turned down by referee Dennis Ngulube to arouse the anger of the visiting fans.
Mlozi could have completely sealed the victory for the hosts but he shot went straight at Chipuwa.
Eliya Munthari who came in for Muhamad Sulumba, went on a swerving run into the box, and drew the attention of keeper Kumkwawa but the shot was cleared by Chikondi Likwemba.
In the 79th minute, Kaliyati found an unmarked Kondwani Kumwenda in the box but the former Azam Tigers midfielder fired wide with the goal keeper to beat.
Henry Kabichi came in for Lufeyo and Alfred Manyozo Jnr coming in for Malumbo Gondwe for the Bullets and Nomads respectively.
The clock was ticking for the Nomads as Bullets slowly started killing off the game by frustrating the Lali Lubani boys with unnecessary stoppages.
The last chance for the Nomads came through Kumwenda again whose header was well cleared by Bullets defense and after 90 minutes of play, it ended 1-nil in favor of the league leaders.
The result sees Bullets opening a 15 point lead over their rivals and a 10 point lead over second placed MAFCO who beat Blue Eagles at Chitowe Stadium.
The result also sees Mighty Wanderers recording a third straight loss in the second round of the league. Bullets has now played 17 league games without testing a defeat and they are topping the league with 41 points.
Likwemba, who was solid at the back for Bullets, was named man of the match.
And at Balaka Stadium, Red Lions bounced back in style to beat Epac FC 2-1 to dislodge Wanderers in the 7th position.