Defending champions Big Bullets trounced Epac FC 4-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre today to successfully wrap up the TNM Super League first-round unbeaten.
Apart from being a resounding victory, the result also means Bullets have managed to beat Epac for the first time in two seasons.
Bullets are now at the summit of the 15-team log-table with 32 points from 14 matches. At this stage, last season the ‘People’s Team had 29 points and were second to Moyale Barracks, who had a better goal difference.
With Be Foward Wanderers savaging a point in Zomba, Bullets have now created a six point gap at the top of the log table.
At Kamuzu Stadium, Bullets were the first to register a goal through Jaffalie Chande after 31 minutes. It was an easy task for the diminutive striker as he connected home Chiukepo Msowoya’s cross from the right flank.
But it took only three minutes for Epac to equalise through substitute Clement Mvula, who took advantage of defender Sankhani Mkandawire’s clumsy clearance to slot into the far corner. The first-half ended 1-1.
Nevertheless, Bullets came with all guns blazing in the second-half; scoring two goals in a space of five minutes through Msowoya and Dalitso Sailesi before Mussa Manyenje completed the rout with a 25-metre thunderbolt.
Msowoya is now joint top scorer with Lions’ Kumbukani Mwambene on eight goals.
“This is a great finish of the first-round. An Eid Ul Fitr gift for our loyal fans,” marvelled Bullets team manager Rahim Ishmail.
On his part, Epac assistant coach Abbas Makawa attributed their fourth loss in a row to lack of fighting spirit among his charges.
In Zomba, substitute Luka Milanzi’s 74th minute goal was enough to secure a point for Be Forward Wanderers to hold Red Lions to a 1-all draw at Zomba Community Centre ground.
Milanzi had only spent 60 seconds on the field of play after he came in for Malumbo Gondwe. It was also his first touch of the ball after he was released by Kondwani Kumwenda outside the goal area.
He released a thunderbolt giving the soldiers’ goal minder Clement Mlomba no chance to the relief of the Nomads faithful.
Innocent Bokosi had given Red Lions the lead in the 63rd minute when his low shot went below the diving Richard Chipuwa in goals. He received the ball from the middle of the park and advanced towards Wanderers’ goal. This was Bokosi’s ninth goal of the season, one ahead of Green Harawa of Silver Strikers.
In another match on Saturday, Civo beat hosts Mzuni FC 1-0 at Mzuzu Stadium. They are now 10th on the log table with 15 points from 12 games while Mzuni are 14th with 11 point from 14 matches.