Big Bullets’ quest to end their 10-year Super League drought appears to be on course as they now sit pretty at the pinnacle with 47 points from 22 games.
Revitalised forward Jimmy Zakazaka powered Bullets to the pinnacle of the table with a double in their 4-1 victory over Chikwawa United at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
An own goal by Chikwawa’s defender Frank Carvalho and Mussa Manyenje’s late strike, completed a wonderful afternoon for the People’s Team and sent the ‘red army’ into ecstasy.
Two other title contenders—Moyale and Blue Eagles’ losses—only boosted Bullets’ title aspirations.
Moyale are second with 44 points having suffered their second successive league loss to Civo United on Sunday. Moyale have also played a game more than Bullets (23).
Vincent Nyangulu and Charles Chilembo were on target for the Civil Servants while Deus Nkutu scored the consolation goal for Moyale to keep his Golden Boot award hunt, nicely on the boil. He has now taken his tally to 16.
But on Saturday, Civo suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Karonga United. Civo took the lead through Jabulani Linje, but Karonga levelled the score through Raphael Phiri from a penalty awarded after a Civo defender had handled in the box. Phiri then claimed the winner in the 89th minute to revive their survival hopes.
Karonga are now 15th with 16 points from 20 games.
On the other, third-placed Blue Eagles blew a chance to narrow the gap with the top two teams when they went down 0-2 to team-of-the-moment Azam Tigers 0-2. Isaac Kaliati and Diverson Chilemba were the toast of the afternoon for Tigers.
Eagles have 40 points from 21 games.
It was a fruitful outing to the Central Region for Kau-Kau [Tigers] as they thumped Epac 3-0 on Sunday via goals from Kaliati, Peter Kasonga and Yamikani Chester.
Mighty Wanderers continued their revival with a 2-1 win over Red Lions. Mapopa Kaunda and Kondwani Kumwenda scored for Wanderers while Kumbukani Mwambene was on target for Reds.
In another match, reigning champions Silver Strikers beat Airborne Rangers 3-1.