Defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday moved four places up the 16-team TNM Super League log-table to position five after coming from behind to beat leaders Silver Strikers 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Second half goals by captain Chiukepo Msowoya and Divason Mlozi ensured Bullets take their tally to 22 points from 12 games while Silver remain at the summit with 29 points from 14 matches.8
The Bankers have returned to their base in Lilongwe with three points from a possible six, having beaten bottom of the table MTV Max Bullets 3-0 the previous day.
Yesterday, Matthews Sibale put Silver in front in the 39th minute when he lurched onto Thuso Paipi’s well taken free-kick to connect home a beautiful goal. The first half ended 1-0 to the Bankers.
Bullets came with all guns blazing in the second half and deservedly levelled the scores in the 59th minute from the spot kick converted by Chiukepo Msowoya.
The penalty resulted from a controversial handball in the box.
But it was substitute Divason Mlozi’s winning goal 13 minutes to time that sent Bullets fans into a frenzy.
Mlozi, who had replaced Muhammed Sulumba, connected McFaren Ngwira’s cross with a scissors-kick that sent Silver goalkeeper Brighton Munthali in the wrong direction.
This was Bullets’ fourth win against Silver in five Super League games since 2014. The last time Silver beat Bullets in the Super League was in 2013 season.
“We are happy with our excellent form,” said Bullets team manager Rahim Ishmael, whose side is coming from Presidential Cup victory and 5-1 triumph over MTV Max Bullets in the league last Wednesday. “It was not easy to come from behind and beat the league leaders.”
But Silver coach Lovemore Fazili attributed their loss to alleged poor officiation, saying the result could have been different if there was no setback.
In the first half, play was delayed for at least five minutes as Bullets goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe was stretchered off the pitch following a mid-air collision with Silver players as he tried to clear the ball. Owen Chaima replaced him.
In other games, Epac FC and Azam Tigers played out a barren draw in Lilongwe whereas Moyale beat Wizards FC 2-0 at Mzuzu Stadium.
Kuda Muyaba and Gastin Simkonda scored for Moyale.