Nyasa Big Bullets have consolidated their lead at the summit of the TNM Super League after a 2-1 win over Civo United at Civo Stadium yesterday.
The victory has taken Bullets to 45 points to extend their lead to five points following title contenders Silver Strikers 1-0 loss to Chitipa United at Karonga Stadium.
Bullets dominated the opening minutes of the game and were rewarded with a goal in the 11th minute when Mike Mkwate poked home a rebound after Civo goalkeeper Charles Swini fumbled.
But Civo United recovered three minutes later to equalise through former Bullets striker Muhammad Sulumba.
In the second half, both teams had their moments to win the game.
Then in the 77th minute Swini fumbled again and Zicco Mkanda capitalised to send Bullets fans into jubilation.
The celebrations were amplified after news filtered in that Chitipa had beaten Silver Strikers 1-0.
Bullets coach Callisto Pasuwa hailed his charges for the victory.
“We were on course playing a good game, but then the players started dropping back and giving space to our opponent to score. But the win is great and I applaud my players. It was a good game overall.”
Civo United assistant coach Elia Kananji said the second goal was conceded after defenders were caught off-guard
He said: “That goal was supposed not to go in. We were caught ball-watching for them to equalise and it’s unfortunate.
“We started slowly I don’t know why, but we managed to equalise. It’s unfortunate that in the end we were caught ball watching. It’s unfortunate a draw could have been a fair result.”
At Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Be Forward Wanderers increased their chances of fighting for the TNM Super League title after beating Mzuzu Warriors 3-2 yesterday.
Wanderers remain third with 37 points from 21 games. They are three points behindc second-placed Silver Strikers, but the Central Bankers have a game in hand.
It was an entertaining game with Mzuzu displaying passing football which gave Nomads problems.
The Nomads were first to score in the 30th minute through Babatunde Adepoju’s header to take his tally to five goals.
Babatunde connected a pass from Misheck Botoman who beats Mzuzu goalkeeper Pilirani Mapira.
At Mpira Stadium, Ntopwa lost 2-0 to Mafco through Victor Mpinganjira and Zikani Sichinga second half goals.—Additional reporting by Bobby Kabango.