TNM Super League reigning champions Big Bullets on Sunday survived rookies Dedza Young Soccer’s scare but still salvaged a one-all draw to go 11 points clear at the top of the log table.
Bullets now have 51 points from 22 games while second-placed Mafco have 40 points following their dramatic comeback to beat fellow soldiers Red Lions 3-1 in Balaka.
Fletcher Bandawe, who was a thorn in Bullets’ flesh, put Dedza ahead in the seventh minute, but Bullets pulled level 14 minutes later through Dave Ng’ambi.
Dedza were unlucky not to cause upset in the closing stages when Bandawe’s attempt hit the post.
Dedza have now moved a step up from 14th to 13th position with 20 points from 22 games.
In Balaka, Lions took the lead through Gibson Nkhonjera, but Mafco recovered to score three goals through Hassan Chapola, Maurice Chiumia and Callisto Kalinda.
At Silver Stadium in Lilongwe, Silver Strikers gave away a two-goal lead to be held to a two-all draw by Kamuzu Barracks.
The Bankers led comfortably through goals from Peter Wadabwa and Blessings Tembo, but towards the end of the first half Zinjani Yona pulled one back before Harvey Nkacha cancelled the lead at the start of the second half.
Silver are still third with 37 points from 23 games.
At Nankhaka Stadium also in the capital city, Azam Tigers’ winless streak in the second-round continued when they lost 3-1 to Blue Eagles.
Wister Phiri, was the toast of the afternoon for the cops when he claimed a hat-trick whereas Yamilani Chester scored the consolation goal for Tigers. Eagles are now fourth with 36 points from 20 games.
On Saturday, Bullets pipped Epac FC 1-0 while their rivals Be Forward Wanderers registered their first win in the second round with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Mafco at Kamuzu Stadium in