Strong-willed Epac ended Big Bullets’ remarkable run in the TNM Super League with a 1-0 win.
It was Bullets’ first defeat this season in nine games and they are now third with 20 points.
In a temperamental match that drove the fans through emotions, Epac scored the lone goal from the penalty spot that was converted by Jaffalie Chande in the 57th minute when Bullets defender Sankhani Mkandawire was adjudged to have fouled an Epac forward.
The penalty sparked controversy as Bullets players and fans protested referee Roy Williams’ decision. However, to his credit, the referee stood his ground.
Epac coach Audilow Makonyola hailed his charges for holding their nerves and commended the referee for his decision.
“That was a clear penalty and I am excited that we won the match,” he said.
His Bullets counterpart Elia Kananji blames biased officiation for his team’s loss.
Blue Eagles have retained to the top of the table with 20 points after collecting six points at the weekend. They whipped rookies Karonga United 6-1 before settling for a 2-all draw with Moyale.Moyale are second also with 20 points.
Such is the tight tace in the flagship league that the top three teams have 20 points each and are only separated by goal difference.
Fallen giants Mighty Wanderers still anchor the table with four points from nine games despite their convincing 3-0 win over rookies Chikwawa United on Saturday.