………WANDERERS 3-3 BULLETS
By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Thousands who engulfed Kamuzu Stadium witnessed sexy and entertaining Blantyre Derby as Mighty Wanderers FC came from behind three times to force a 3-3 stalemate with rivals Nyasa Big Bullets FC.
The Lali Lubani side started the match on a high note though had problems at the engine room where Felix Zulu,Isaac Kaliat and Alfred Manyozo were playing which made the Red Army to organize themselves and overtake the dominance through Frank Willard,Chimwemwe Idana and Ernest Petro.
Nyasa Big Bullets FC broke the deadlock within just 28 minutes into the first half through Lanjesi Nkhoma after Alfred Manyozo Jnr misplaced his pass.Patrick Mwaungulu added the second at 31st minute after exciting and beautiful dribbling over Ted Sumani.
At 37th minute the home team reduced the arrears through spot kick taken by Stanley Sanudi after Bullets goalie, Clever Nkungula, brought down Vincent Nyangulu.First half ended with the visitors, Nyasa Big Bullets, leading by 1-2.
At the beginning of the second half Chimwemwe Idana netted third for Bullets, connecting a Patrick Mwaungulu’s ball at 48th minute.
After this goal,Wanderers gaffer, Alex Ngwira, who was busy man on the day, made several changes at 50th minute taking out the struggling Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Isaac Kaliat and Ted Suman and introduced Misheck Botoman,Francis Mkonda and Joseph Balakasi. These substitutions really worked for them as it they showed dominance in this half.
Ngwira made another change at 63rd minute, former Blue Eagles FC midfielder Vitumbiko Kumwenda and Muhammad Sulumba came in for Vincent Nyangulu and Chiukepo Msowoya.
This time around now the Nomads were on fire and Bullets was under siege as they came wave after wave attacking in search for equalizing goals as they trailed by 1-3.
However, Nyasa Big Bullets tactician, Callisto Pasuwa’s changes of Mcfarren Mgwira,Hassan Kajoke,Henry Kabichi and Yamikani Fodya for Patrick Mwaungulu,Ernest Petro,Willard and Lanjesi Nkhoma didn’t pay any dividend to the team.
At 72nd minute, former Bullets defender Miracle Gabeya scored from Vitumbiko Kumwenda’s well taken corner kick.
The Nomads levelled the matters at 87th minute through Muhammad Sulumba with a beautiful header from another set piece taken by Kumwenda.
At the end of 90′ +4′ both teams showcased classic and entertaining football to the satisfaction of the thousands spectators who patronized the game on Sunday afternoon.
After the game Alex Ngwira coach for Wanderers was happy with his boys display especially in the second half and acknowledged they had problems in the first half at the midfield and defence.
Ngwira hence hailed all the boys who came off the bench for the highly spirited performance.
Peter Mponda, Nyasa Big Bullets FC Assistant coach, acknowledged his boys lacked concentration during set pieces which resulted into goals for their opponents, he however described a point over rivals Wanderers as vital.
Nyasa Big Bullets FC are still leading the 16 team log table with 49 points from 19 games they have played so far,on second position are area 30 outfits who have 39 points after claiming a one nil victory over Mighty Tigers on Saturday with a goal from Captain Schumacher Kuwali, they have played 18 games.
Wanderers dropped to fourth with 33 points from 19 games after MAFCO FC defeated Rumphi United 1-3 in at Rumphi Stadium.
Despite the draw both teams went home with a big smile as the game grossed around MK45 million which made both side to be happy unlike the first round match which raked MK12 million yet the Stadium was almost filled to its capacity.