…as Wizards end Mafco’s title dream
Muhammad Sulumba’s second half strike was enough to inspire Nyasa Big Bullets to a hard fought 1-nil victory over stubborn Epac FC in the TNM Super League on Sunday afternoon at Civo Stadium.
The win moved the People’s Team to just a point below leaders Kamuzu Barracks with three games to go.
It was an entertaining clash, with both sides creating lots of goal scoring opportunities.
But it was Bullets who created the first chance of the day when Fischer Kondowe’s pass found Sulumba unmarked only to see the former Blantyre United and Be Forward Wanderers forward failing to put the ball into an empty net with the goalkeeper already beaten.
Moments later, it was Epac’ turn as Fabio Kapinde saw his effort well cleared before it could cross the line following a mistake by John Lanjesi who just returned from a long term injury.
With some few minutes to play before the recess, Mussa Manyenje almost opened the score but the former Epac FC striker failed to connect home from a close range and after 45 minutes of play, it was goalless.
Come second half, it only took Bullets less than ten minutes to open their account with an intelligent goal from Sulumba following a defensive relapse by the hosts’ defence.
Bullets almost doubled their lead moments later through Manyenje who was released to the right flank by Kondowe only to see the former Epac FC forward hitting the side netting.
Epac then introduced Chiletso Zoya while Bullets brought in Maneno Nyoni for John Lanjesi.
With Bullets opting to defend their slender lead, Epac pressed harder in search for the goal but Miracle Gabeya was too solid at the back for the visitors.
Chiletso Zoya’ first attempt on goal forced Kakhobwe into making a brilliant save for a corner that was wasted by the hosts.
Bullets were able to defend and attack at the same time and their hard working spirit almost paid dividends when Pilirani Zonda’s free kick came off the post in unbelievable circumstance.
Chiukepo Msowoya was introduced for Manyenje to try to add something to his tally but he was very unfortunate in front of goals as his shot was saved by the hosts’ goal custodian.
With Epac still pressing harder, Bullets were able to contain the pressure as they collected maximum points that took their tally to 51, just a point behind leaders Kamuzu Barracks.
At Chitowe Stadium, Premier Bet Wizards ended Mafco FC’ title ambitions following a goalless draw between the two sides.
The result sees Wizards FC opening a three point gap over Karonga United as the two sides are battling it out for survival in the top flight.
As for the Soldiers, it will be a miracle if they can still win the championship at the expense of the top three teams.