Highly anticipated Blantyre derby ends in a draw

By McLloyd Kudzingo

FCB Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers shared the points in the TNM Super League after their entertaining Blantyre derby played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre ended in a 1-all draw on Sunday afternoon.

Bullets were the first to knock on their opponents’ goal through Maxwell Phodo 9 minutes from kick-off but the Nomads defense did their best to deny Bullets an early lead.

Man of the match: Felix Zulu

Five minutes later the Nomads had their clear chance through defender Lawrence Chaziya who connected a Stanley Sanudi corner-kick but his header went over the cross bar.

Sanudi broke the deadlock in the 34th minute, putting his side in front with a beautiful strike outside the penalty box, beating Bullets goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda.

After the goal, both Bullets and Wanderers did their best to create a number of scoring opportunities but it still ended 1-0 in favor of the visitors in the first half.

At the start of the second half, Bullets made two changes, bringing in the fresh legs of Precious Sambani and Hassan Kajoke and their introduction proved fruitful for the People’s team.

Kajoke had his first shot on target saved by Wanderers’ goalkeeper William Thole, only to find Phodo who made no mistake but to find the back of the net with a simple tap-in to level the scores in the 57th minute.

Both Bullets and Wanderers continued to press for the winner but it still ended 1-all with the Nomads enjoying possession for the good part of the game.

After the match, Wanderers midfielder Felix Zulu was voted man of the match.

Following the draw, Bullets and Wanderers are now level at 54 points after playing 25 and 28 games and they are on 1st and second position on the log table respectively.

Elsewhere, Kamuzu Barracks beat Blue Eagles 2-1 at Nankhaka Stadium with goals from man of the moment Olson Kanjira and Sherif Maulana. Christopher Gototo scored Eagles’ consolation.

In Rumphi, Moyale Barracks thumped fourth placed Chitipa United 4-1 in a match played at Rumphi Stadium.

Gastin Simkonda claimed a brace with other goals coming from Clifford Fukizi and Raphael Phiri while Ramadhan Ntafu scored for Chitipa United.

Moyale have now moved out of the relegation zone as they have accumulated 31 points, just a point above 14th placed Ekwendeni Hammers who got a 3-1 thumping at the hands of Silver Strikers on Saturday.

Both Moyale and Ekwendeni have so far played 28 games just like the two teams at the bottom of the table, Extreme FC and Red Lions.