Defending champions Big Bullets’ distinguished run in the TNM Super League was brought to an end on Sunday by Airborne Rangers who beat them 2-1 at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota.
It was Bullets’ first league defeat this season after 17 games. They, however, still occupy the top position with 41 points from 18 games, seven points clear of second-placed Mafco who have played two games more.
Rangers, who are third from the bottom with 17 points from 19 matches, showed strong character by coming from a goal down at half time, to emerge triumphant.
Veteran midfielder James Chilapondwa, put Bullets ahead 10 minutes into the match through a penalty that was awarded after a Rangers defender fouled Jaffalie Chande in the goal area.
However, the hosts stepped up the tempo in the second half and in the 67th minute, they cancelled Bullets’ lead through Cephas Zimba.
Then with just two minutes before full-time, Josiah Duwa grabbed the winner.
In other games played on Sunday, Civo United and Epac played out a one-all draw. Patience Kalumo was on target for Civo while Rankin Mwale scored for Epac.
Azam Tigers and Red Lions settled for a goalless draw at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Chikwawa while Kamuzu Barracks (KB) pipped Mzuni 1-0 in Mzuzu courtesy of Zinjani Yona’s strike.
On Saturday, Moyale were held to a one-all draw by KB. Kuda Muyawa scored for Moyale whereas Pempho Kansichili was on target for KB and on Thursday, Silver Strikers were displaced from the second position by Mafco who beat them 1-0 via Hassan Chapola’s goal.
Silver are now third with 32 points from 19 games.
Fisd Wizards still anchor the table with 11 points from 19 games while fellow rookies Mzuni are second from the bottom with 17 points from 21 games.