Only Big Bullets registered a win on Saturday after four other Super League matches ended in draws.
Bullets collected maximum points following their 1-0 win over strong-willed but wasteful rookies Evirom FC.
As the match seemingly headed towards a barren draw, substitute Douglas ‘Chibadula’ Chirambo struck the priceless goal from a spectacular free-kick just outside the 18-yard box with only eight minutes to full time.
The free-kick was awarded after Nafe Banda had handled just outside the box and Chirambo’s fabulous shot gave Evirom goaltender Blessings Kameza no chance. It was a beauty that sent the People’s Team’s fans into a frenzy.
Evirom, led by Harold Zulu and Ian Banda, were a marvel to watch, especially in the opening stages, but were wasteful in front of goal.
Despite the loss, Evirom coach Mario Gadaga commended his charges for playing their lungs out.
“We have lost probably because it was the first time for most of my boys to play in front of such a big crowd. We failed to utilise the chances we had. Otherwise, we played well,” he said.
On his part, Big Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo said he was happy with the result.
“We were outplayed in the first half, but we picked up in the second half after throwing in Douglas and Gabadinho Mhango,” he said.
Following the win, Bullets have moved to second position with seven points, three short of leaders Blue Eagles who settled for a barren draw against Red Lions. The Zomba-based soldiers are tied with Bullets on second position as they also share the same goal difference of four.
Defending champions Silver Strikers were held to a 3-3 draw by determined Mzuzu United in Mzuzu.
Rodrick Gonani scored twice whereas Frank Banda scored the other goal for the Bankers while Khumbo N’gambi, Liston Subili and Spencer Chipantha (own goal) were on target for the Mzuzu-based rookies.
At Chitowe in Dwangwa, Mighty Wanderers and Mafco also played out to a barren draw as did Azam Tigers and Civo United at Kalulu in Nchalo.