TNM Super League leaders Big Bullets on Sunday recovered from their first league defeat with a 3-1 win over Moyale at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
After suffering their first league defeat season to Airborne Rangers 1-2, the defending champions picked themselves up to reclaim a seven-point lead at the pinnacle of the flagship league.
Bullets now have 44 points from 19 games while Mafco moved up to second place after pipping Dedza Young Soccer 1-0.
Mafco now have 37 points from 21 matches.
Revived burly forward Chiukepo Msowoya put Bullets ahead in the 27th minute with a stunning shot before Mussa Manyenje doubled the advantage two minutes later, but Deus Nkutu in the 41st minute with his first touch after being thrown in as a second half.
Then in the dying minutes, Burundian forward Niyikiza Aimable sealed Bullets’ lead after being put through by Chiukepo.
Moyale are now eighth with 28 points from 22 games.
In Dedza, Maurice Chiumia struck the priceless goal for Mafco.
At Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Fisd Wizards registered only their second win when they beat Airborne 2-0.
Patrick Phiri was the hero for the Blantyre-based rookies when he claimed a double that saw them bag full points. They, however, still anchor the table with 14 points from 20 games.
On Saturday, Silver Strikers claimed a sweet revenge over Civo United with a 2-1 win in a capital city derby at Civo Stadium. The Bankers lost the first-round match 2-0.
Victor Limbani and Green Harawa were on target for the Bankers while Nelson Kangunje scored for Civo.
Silver are now third with 35 points from 20 matches while Civo are 10th with 27 points from 21 matches.
Be Forward Wanderers and Azam Tigers’ winless streak in the second round continued when they played out a one-all draw.
Peter Katsonga gave Tigers the lead which was cancelled by Alfred Manyozo Jnr.
The Nomads are ninth with 27 points from 18 matches while Tigers are sixth with 31 points from 21 games.