BLANTYRE (Peter Kanjere, SuperSport)-TNM Super League leaders and defending champions Big Bullets are marching on after opening a four-point yawning gap after this weekend’s first round games in Malawi.
The Bullets’ cause was helped by second-placed Be Forward Wanderers who dropped more points when coming from behind to force a 1-1 draw with Moyale Barracks at the Kamuzu Stadium, Blantyre on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s first round match was twice stopped due to crowd trouble at the Blantyre arena.
Mapopa Kaunda headed in the leveler late in the game and cancel out Crispin Fukizi’s opener for the eighth-positioned Moyale who left Wanderers winless in four attempts at the giant stadium.
Wanderers remain four points behind Bullets who moved to 29 points from 13 games after edging out Airborne Rangers 1-0 through Dalitso Sailesi’s 70th minute thumping free-kick on Saturday at the same venue.
During the Sunday’s match tear gas filtered into the stadium to force play to a halt twice as police battled with unruly fans outside the stadium.
But by that time Moyale, who beat bottom-placed Fisd Wizards 1-0 the previous day at Kalulu Stadium, were already ahead.
Moyale’s midfielder Crispin Fukizi scored through a long range volley that left the hosts goalkeeper Richard Chinansi with no chance seconds after restart.
The draw left Bullets certain of topping the first round. They certainly cannot be dislodged after third-placed Blue Eagles lost 2-0 on Saturday to Mzuni to remain on 23 points from 13 games, two behind Wanderers and six behind the Bullets.
Breathing on the Eagles’ neck are Azam Tigers who made it two consecutive wins following a 4-1 punishment of Dedza Young Soccer Stars on Sunday at Kalulu.
Bernard Harawa, Bright Munthali and Dan Nyirenda were among the scorers for the coach Gerald Phiri senior’s men who jumped a step to fourth on 23 points from 13 games.
Tigers are trailed by Mafco on 22 points after winning 3-2 in a five-goal thriller staged in Chitowe Stadium in the Central Region where Kalista Kalinda double and Richard Mbulu won the game.
In other games, Civo made it three straight wins and rose to 12 remain with 12 points after shrugging off Kamuzu Barracks 2-1 with Nelson Kangunje netting in four consecutive games for Civo in Lilongwe.