Diverson Mlozi levelled the scoreline six minutes from time to earn a point for Nyasa Big Bullets in a game against Azam Tigers.
The Tnm Super League encounter which was played on Sunday afternoon at Kamuzu stadium in Blantyre ended 1-1.
Nyasa Big Bullets coach Franco Ndawa opted to start with Emmanuel Zoya at the back and Nikiza Imable because Miracle Gabeya and Mussa Manyenje were suspended.
The match started on a slow pace but it was Azam Tigers who made the better start of the two as Bright Munthali, Stain Pendami, Peter Cholopi and Precious Phiri were displaying good passing football in the opening minutes.
Precious Phiri could have put Azam Tigers ahead in the opening minutes of the half after he was well set in the box but he was unfortunate as Ernest Kakhobwe kept his effort wide with an excellent save.
There were further escapes for the People’s Team as Azam Tigers kept on dominating much of possession in the first half.
Midway through the first half, Precious Phiri put the Kau Kau boys ahead after he headed in Peter Cholopi’s cross from the right and it was 1-nil in favour of Azam Tigers.
After that goal Nyasa Big Bullets did all they could do to level the scoreline but Azam Tigers defended jealously and the first half ended 1 nil in favour of Bullets.
After the break, Nyasa Big Bullets coach brought in Chiukepo Msowoya and Macfallen Ngwira in the places of Fischer Kondowe and Henry Kabitchi and the two quickly settled into the game as they were combining well with Dalitso Sailesi and Mike Mkwate.
Midway through the second half Azam Tigers continued to look more threatening than the People’s Team as they were in search for more goals but Bullets defence mounted by Yamikani Fodya, Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Emmanuel Zoya defended well.
As the game was going towards the end, Fodya was forced off due to a knock and he was replaced by Diverson Mlozi who quickly settled into the match.
Six minutes before the end of the game Bullets found the equalizer through Mlozi who was well set in the box by Mike Mkwate and it was 1 all.
The defending champions continued to threaten the Tigers goal but the Kau Kau boys defended well as they did not allow bullets to score their second of the afternoon and 1 all it ended at Kamuzu stadium.
Speaking to the media after the match, Nyasa Big Bullets team manager Rahim Ishmael said Tigers displayed good football and they played better than the People’s Team.
On his part, Azam Tigers technical director Robin Alufandika said he was happy with the draw.