The more Big Bullets poach from Epac FC, the more the Lilongwe side grows stronger as they demonstrated in denying the Kamuzu Stadium hosts any revenge prospects yesterday.
Having won 1-0 in the first round and surrendered three key players to the Blantyre side, Epac still frustrated Bullets to a score-less draw at the greasy pitch.
The result defiantly denied the Bullets the TNM Super League driving seat. An inferior goal aggregate has Bullets’ still second with 36 points from 17 games just like leaders Moyale Barracks who did not kick the ball over the weekend.
Blue Eagles are third on 35 points from 17 games, five points ahead of Red Lions who lost 3-0 to Airborne Rangers yesterday.
And the top positions remains unchanged largely due to Epac coach Audley Makonyola’s spot on tactics that saw his charges compete pound for pound with the Bullets in the opening half.
He then instructed his charges to shut the door after break when the hosts camped in the visitors half in vain.Ex-Big Bullets goalkeeper Owen Chaima led Epac in a pre-match prayer and he was inspired to deny Ex-Epac strikers Mussa Manyenje, Jaffalie Chande and defender Pilirani Zonda, then Henry Kabichi twice in dramatic fashion.
The Bullets fans were left groaning and biting their finger nails.That Epac, who drew 1-1 with Blantyre United the previous day, returned to Lilongwe with two points while lying seventh on 20 points from 17 matches, was also largely due to arrogant defending of dreadlocked sweeper Justin Kamanga and right back Dave Moya who cleared everything that was thrown their way.
On the opposite end, Bullets coach Elia Kananji featured goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kunkwawa instead of Vincent Gowa whereas Chande and Dave Ng’ambi got the nod ahead of Jimmy Zakazaka and Dalitso Sailesi, but the changes could not earn them a goal.
In other games, Chawanangwa Kawonga struck twice to hand holders Silver Strikers a 2-0 win over Kamuzu Barracks whereas Civo United beat Chikwawa United 2-1.