Slowly but surely TNM Super League leaders Big Bullets are getting out of the first-round without tasting defeat.
Not even Airborne Rangers who stopped third-placed Blue Eagles three weeks ago, could put spanners in the works of the marching Bullets army yesterday. The Salima soldiers lost 1-0.
Free-kick expert Yamikani Fodya was down reportedly with malaria, but that was no issue for Bullets as winger Dalitso Sailesi stepped up to the plate with a wonder 70th minute thunderous free-kick.”
“I am so delighted to score. We work so hard in training executing such free kicks and this is the reward,” said Sailesi.
That goal extended Bullets’ unbeaten run to 13 games translating to 29 points, leaving second-placed Be Forward Wanderers with a catch- up game as they host Moyale Barracks today at the same venue.
Wanderers have 24 points from 12 game and must beat Moyale that floored bottom-placed Fisd Wizards 1-0 at Kalulu Stadium yesterday.
Wizards remain on six points from 10 games whereas Moyale jumped to 15 points from 12 games. In Mzuzu, Blue Eagles lost 2-0 to 14th positioned Mzuni.
The first-half of Bullets and Airborne game ended goalless and largely lifeless. Bullets went into Saturday’s match looking to preserve their 12-game unbeaten league run that had put them top for a month.
However, Bullets missed the services of scoring defender Yamikani Fodya and Pilirani Zonda through an illness and yellow card suspension respectively.
Seasoned Chikumbutso Kanyenda and Ian Chinyama stepped into the starting XI for Zonda and Fodya respectively, whereas midfielder Jelesi Lufeyo also got a rare midfield run.
With steady defenders Greyson Phiri and Stein Malata and quick-heeled striker Asedi Ayami, Rangers opted to play a counter-attacking game.
Nonetheless, it was Bullets who made the most of the home backing with leading scorer Chiukepo Msowoya having a bullet shot ruled off side inside the opening quarter.
In Lilongwe, Civo United moved out of relegation yesterday after beating Kamuzu Barracks to register a third successive win. Civo resurgence started with a 2-0 win over Silver Strikers a fortnight ago followed by 3-1 hammering of Dedza Young Soccer Stars last week.
Richard Chande scored after 20 minutes while Nelson Kangunje made it 2-1 in the 69th minute.
Manase Chiyesa scored the lone goal for Kamuzu Barracks 27 minutes into the first-half.
The Civil Servants now have 12 points. n