Richard Mbulu on Sunday claimed a hat-trick as Mafco thumped Civil Service (Civo) United 3-0 in a TNM Super League match at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota.
The win saw the Salima-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side further reducing champions Big Bullets’ lead to 11 points.
Mafco now have 46 points from 25 games. However, Bullets who were on bye, have a game in hand.
After a goalless first half, Mafco came with renewed purpose in the second half and Mbulu struck the first in the 46th minute. He was on target again in the 71st minute before completing the hat-trick six minutes later.
Mafco coach Thomas Maloya expressed delight with the win, saying: “Our target to finish in the top five is on track. It was a very exciting game.”
At Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, Be Forward Wanderers were held to a one-all draw by Epac who struck the equaliser in the third minute of added time through Rankin Mwale’s header to cancel Luka Milanzi’s 20th minute strike.
The Nomads returned to Blantyre with a single point out of a possible six having lost to Silver Strikers 1-0 the previous afternoon.
“It is a painful result considering that we were leading until virtually the last kick of the game. We also missed a number of good chances,” said Wanderers coach Elia Kananji.
The Nomads, who have only won one out of 10 second-round games, are now sixth with 33 points from 23 games whereas Epac are still second from the bottom with 23 points from 24 games.
In another match, Azam Tigers’ winless streak in the second-round continued when they went down 1-0 to Moyale Barracks in Blantyre. n