The clock wasn’t lying and there was just a minute left for Big Bullets to return to the summit of the flagship Super League table today, but sadly it wasn’t to be.
Azam Tigers equalised in the last minute of added time through a penalty to deny Bullets a desired win.
Bullets vice-captain Chikumbutso Kanyenda handled the ball in the box, inviting Fifa referee Dennis Ngulube to award a penalty to Tigers, which Stanley Sanudi coolly converted to make it 1-1.
Moments later, it was game over and Bullets and their faithful trooped off disconsolately.
Bullets are second with 21 points from 10 games, two short of Moyale Barracks who have gone top with 23 points from 11 games following their 3-2 victory over Kamuzu Barracks in Dedza today.
Diverson Mlozi put Bullets ahead in the third minute after being strategically put through by Fischer Kondowe, who keeps on getting better with age like old vintage wine.
Bullets created a plethora of scoring chances, but sadly failed to make them count. In particular, Mussa Manyenje fluffed three clear chances.
Their superior creativity enabled them to establish territorial dominance, but the currency of football is scoring goals and they could not just perfect the final touch.
“We missed a lot of chances and we are paying for it,” said Bullets coach Elia Kananji.
In Zomba, reigning champions suffered one of their worst defeats in history when they slumped to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Red Lions.
Kumbukani Mwambene was the hero of the afternoon in the lions’ den. He struck four goals whereas Mathias Simbeyi completed the route. Green Harawa and Sam Gunda were on target for the Bankers.
Silver are fourth from the bottom with eight points from 10 games. On Saturday, they beat Chikwawa United 2-0 in Nchalo.
In Balaka, a late penalty converted by Cuthbert Sinetre ensured Mighty Wanderers registered a 1-0 win over Epac. The Nomads have now moved from the bottom to third from the bottom with seven points from 10 games.