Second-placed Kamuzu Barracks on Sunday cut leaders Nyasa Big Bullets’ lead to nine points at the top of the TNM Super League.
The People’s Team, who are chasing a fourth successive tile and 16th overall, were held to a one-all draw by Civil Service (Civo) United at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre while the Malawi Defence Force side beat rookies Sable Farming 2-0 at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre.
Bullets now have 56 points from 22 games while the Lilongwe-based soldiers have 47 points, but have played two more.
It was the fifth draw for Bullets this season who are yet to taste defeat.
The champions surged ahead in the 22nd minute through their man-of-the moment Anthony Mfune . He slotted home a pass from lanky Nigerian forward Babatunde Adepoju.
Bulllets created several chances in the first half, but failed to make them count with Adepoju the notable culprit.
Patrick Mwaungulu and Mfune’s attempts later on were kept out by Civo goalkeeper Tione Tembo.
The Civil Servants came into the second half with renewed purpose and they levelled the scores through veteran forward Innocent Tanganyika in the 77th minute with a powerful shot that gave Bullets goalminder Richard Chimbamba no chance.
Tanganyika was thrown in as a substitute for Binwell Katinji.
Buoyed by the equaliser, Civo turned on the heat, but could not hit the winner.
Bullets coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who gave Ghanaian defender Isaac Badou his full debut, said his charges did not play well.
“Everytime we are conceding goals from transition. That is what you saw today. No pressure yet, we will go back to the drawing board and work on our shortfalls,” he said.
On his part, Civo mentor Franco Ndawa said it is not easy to get a point away, especially against Bullets.
“I should thank my boys for the effort, but we picked up later on,” he said.
Civo are ninth with 29 points from 24 matches.
At Mpira Stadium, Zeliat Nkhoma drew first blood for KB in the third minute from the penalty spot after a Sable player had handled in the box.
Mathias Nyirenda doubled the lead just before half time.
In other matches, Salima Sugar Dedza Dynamos pipped Mighty Wakawaka Tigers 1-0 while Ekwendeni Hammers thumped Karonga United 4-0.