Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday scaled back to the top of the TNM Super League following a 1-0 win over a spirited Mafco FC at Kasungu Stadium.
After a goalless first half, Patrick Phiri struck the lone goal of the match in the 55th minute from a well-curled free-kick.
The People’s Team now has 32 points from 14 games, just a point above Silver who have also played the same number of games while the Malawi Defence Force (MDF)-sponsored side lies second from the bottom in the 16-team league with 11 points also from 14 games.
Bullets will face Blue Eagles this coming weekend in their last first round fixture.
However, Mafco assistant coach Tione Mhone blamed the loss on poor officiation.
He said: “I am disappointed with officiation, the match officials have let us down.
“Thy awarded Bullets a dubious free kick which led to the only goal when it was supposed to be awarded to us because it was our player who was fouled. That aside, Bullets were not any better, we dominated the match.”
On his part, Bullets coach Rogers Yasin said his team did not play well.
“We were out of sorts today maybe due to fatigue since we had another crucial game yesterday [Saturday] against Silver Strikers.
“The other reason could be that our players were underrating Mafco.
“We knew that it would be a tough game because Mafco are fighting relegation. All the same three points is what matters and we thank God for the victory,” he said.
At Nankhaka Ground in Lilongwe, Blue Eagles beat Kamuzu Barracks (KB) 1-0 through a Gilbert Chirwa second half goal. It was a balanced affair with all sides creating chances.
KB have wrapped up their first round and have bagged 18 points and are on position seven.
The win means Eagles, who are fifth with 20 points, have recovered from last week’s dismal showing in which they lost to Azam Tigers and Silver.
At Mzuzu Stadium, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC beat Masters Security 2-0 courtesy of a brace from Mike Tetteh.
Mzuni are 13th with 14 points from 14 matches while Masters are eighth with 18 points from 15 games.