No winner, No loser: Eagles, Bullets avoid defeat in Nankhaka stalemate

No winner, No loser: Eagles, Bullets avoid defeat in Nankhaka stalemate

Blue Eagles FC stayed top of the Super League log table after forcing out a 1-1 draw against defending Champions Nyasa Big Bullets in a nail biting encounter played in front of a jam packed Nankhaka Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams came into the match with 100 percent win records from their opening round of fixtures and looked to prolong their winning streaks as the search for points intensifies in the league.

Nyasa Big Bullets Coach dropped Kesten Simbi to the bench from the team that won against Ekwendeni Hammers making way for Captain John Lanjesi’s first start of the season and handed new signing Mphatso Magaleta his first competitive start in the red and white colours.

As for Blue Eagles, Coach Eliah Kananji made a single change to the team that won against Moyale last week and roped in Flames midfielder Micium Mhone who was starting his first match of the season.

Bullets were the first to threaten in the 17th minute when striker Babatunde Adepoju headed wide a well taken Precious Sambani freekick.

The visitors continued to pile more pressure with Lanjesi Nkhoma tormenting the Eagles defence that was being led by former Bullets player Sankhani Mkandawire but it was the Area 30 side who broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 31st minute.

The hosts won a throw in inside Bullets’ half which was taken quickly by Gaddie Chirwa who played it to Captain Schumakor Kuwali who later crossed the ball inside for the unmarked Junior Malidadi to connect home catching the Bullets defence napping.

However that lead would be short-lived as Bullets won a penalty after Eagles defender Jacob Robert had handled in the box.

Forward Babatunde stepped up and sent Eagles goalie, Brighton Munthali, the wrong way to end the hosts’ record of not conceding a league goal after almost 280 minutes of football.

Tempers started flaring thereafter and referee Simbi Chidziwitso flashed a series of yellow cards to both set of players with Bullets’ Babatunde and Eagles’ Macdonald Lameck among the recipients.

Sensing danger Pasuwa took out the ineffective Magaleta for Antony Mfune but the first half still ended in a stalemate.

The second half produced few chances with the only clear cut chance falling to Bullets left back Precious Sambani whose header from a Henry Kabichi corner kick was cleared off the line by Laurent Banda with only 4 minutes to go.

There was still time for some late drama as coach Calisto Pasuwa had to withdraw his first half substitute Antony Mfune for Hassan Kajoke but that was too little too late to salvage all the 3 points for the defending Champions.

Elsewhere Mighty Wanderers recorded their first away and second win of the campaign with a 0-1 win over Moyale at Mzuzu Stadium to move into fifth position with seven points from four games and condemn the Mzuzu based soldiers to 13th position with three points from 3 games courtesy of a Chiukepo Msowoya’s first half strike . 

Capital City giants Silver Strikers registered a second win of the campaign when they overcame Karonga United 0-2 at Karonga to move into fourth position with goals from defender Nickson Mwase and Striker Chawanga Kaonga securing the three points. 

In Rumphi, Wakawaka Tigers unbeaten run came to an end when they were beaten 0-3 by Rumphi United who recorded their first win of the season under new coach Moses Chirambo who was appointed Coach on Thursday this week after Gilbert Chirwa resigned. 

The result has moved the rookies off the bottom of the league to 12th position, two steps above the relegation zone with three points having scored three goals while the Trevor Kajawa side are in 9th position with 5 points from 4 games. 

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