Super League defending champions Big Bullets were left speechless when they failed to beat minnows Wizards FC in a league match played at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coming straight from their 3-nil victory over Mafco FC in the Presidential Cup semi-final on Saturday afternoon, Bullets created lots of goal-scoring opportunities but their front free failed to utilize.
Diverson Mlozi and Mussa Manyenje were the only two changes that Bullets technical panel made but this gamble was not worthy taking as the duo possessed no threat in front of goals.
The rookies registered no shot at goal in the entire 45 minutes of the half but defended diligently as the frustrated the heavy weights. Chiukepo Msowoya and Muhamad Sulumba were introduced for Mlozi and Nikiza Aimable and the decision paid off as Msowoya gave the host a lead following a defensive relapse by the visitors’ defence, 1-nil.
From their, it was Bullets all over as they pressurized Peter Mponda’s boys but shot-stopper Wanipa Gondwe made some stunning saves to put Wizards into the game.
Come second, the visitors were able to keep possession but they found it very difficult to unlock Bullets’ defence.
Msowoya and Sulumba had more chances in the half but the duo kept firing wide from just inside the penalty box.
Isaac Mwale and Jimmy Chikulekule were a marvel to watch in the midfield as they tussled heavily with Mike Mkwate and Kondwani Kumwenda in the middle of the pack.
Sulumba missed the closest chance on the day when Bashir Maunde’s long ball found him inside the penalty box only to fire wide with the goalkeeper already beaten.
Minutes later, Kumwenda’s goal was disallowed by referee Andy Kuseli for a foul on Gondwe.
With less than 10 minutes to go, Paul Phiri and Chikulekule had shots at goal but Ernest Kakhobwe, who was on holiday in the most part of the game, made some saves to keep Bullets into the game. However, with four minutes to go, Wizards stole the show.
A long ball from Chikulekule released Phiri who was quick in thinking to fire past advanced Kakhobwe into the back of the net, 1-1.
The whole stadium was in a sombre mood as Bullets players were now racing against time but after 90 minutes of play, it ended 1-1.
Speaking after the final whistle, Bullets technical director blamed his boys for being too casual throughout the match but re-assured Bullets fans that everything will return to normal.
His opposite number Mponda was delighted with the point he got from the match.
In other results, Azam Tigers and Mafco FC played to a 1-all draw at Kalulu Stadium while Kamuzu Barracks run riot at Civo Stadium by thrashing aside Karonga United 4-1.