TNM Super League champions Big Bullets on Sunday suffered their second league loss of the season when they crashed 3-0 to Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe.
Although the match was of academic interest having clinched the title a fortnight ago, the defeat was embarrassing for the People’s Team coming on an afternoon when they were accorded a guard of honour as champions.
Bullets have 57 points from 25 games, 10 points ahead of second-placed Mafco who were held to a goalless draw by fellow soldiers Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday in Lilongwe.
The cops are still fourth with 40 points from 24 games and still stand a chance of finishing second.
After a goalless first-half which failed to stir the passions, Eagles turned on the magic in the second-half in which they swept aside the champions with ease.
The Bullets defence struggled to deal with crosses which led to Gilbert Chirwa and Wister Phiri scoring the first and second goals through headers.
And when Eagles’ captain John Banda struck the third with a superb volley, it killed off any notions of a comeback for the People’s Team.
“We did not deserve to win. Eagles completely outplayed us. Yes, we already have the championship in the bag, but we should not have lost in such an embarrassing manner.
“However, having said that, the referee contributed to our loss. He failed to take a firm line,” said Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa in an interview after the match.
At Dedza Stadium, Be Forward Wanderers registered their second win in the second round when they beat Dedza Young Soccer 2-0 to worsen the rookies’ relegation woes.
Alfred Manyozo Jnr drew first blood for the Nomads with a beauty from a free kick in the 22nd minute before Khumbo Ng’ambi added the second in the second-half.
The Nomads are still sixth with 36 points from 25 matches whereas Dedza are fourth from the bottom with 26 points from 26 games.
At Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Azam Tigers ended their second-round winless streak when they edged league anchors Fisd Wizards 1-0 through Bright Munthali’s strike. Tigers are now seventh with 35 points from 25 matches while Wizards have 21 points from 25 matches.
At Mzuzu Stadium, Mzuzu University’s (Mzuni) revival show continued when they beat Epac 2-1.
Pilirani Mzuli opened the score for Mzuni in the second minute, but Epac levelled the score through Mude Jeffrey.
However, Hudson Milanzi struck the winner for Mzuni in the 81st minute.
Mzuni are on 11th position with 29 points from 25 games while Epac are second from the bottom with 24 points from 26 games. n