Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Kamuzu Barracks in a TNM Super League clash at Civo Stadium.
Ndaona Daisi scored the lone goal in the 51st minute to hand The People’s Team their second loss in the league this season.
Playing away against a top-placed side, Bullets went into the game looking for an early goal and Peter Banda had the first attempt directed at the goalkeeper in the opening minute, before sending the ball over bar in the ninth minute after being set by Fodya.
Gomegzani Chirwa had an opportunity in the 18th minute when he made a run from the right and curved the ball targeting the far post, however the goalkeeper Bonage Kweya made a brilliant save to deny the wingback a goal.
Kweya was almost substituted in the 23rd minute due to an injury after colliding with advancing Chiukepo Msowoya who was attempting to guide Banda’s cross at goal. The goalkeeper, who was voted Man of the Match, was back on his feet after the medical team went in twice to help the custodian back in goals.
Chimango Kayira had his powerful drive from outside the 18-yard area blocked on the dot of the half hour mark after recollecting the ball defended by KB from a corner kick.
The hosts wasted an opportunity seven minutes later after Marshal Maluwa was given room to shoot but he drove his volley wide, before Msowoya saw his header from Banda’s cross hitting the woodwork to deny Bullets a chance to find the back of the net before half time.
Kweya made two fine saves to deny Mkwate and Msowoya great chances towards the close of the opening half, which had seven minutes of additional time, and it was 0-0 at half-time.
The People’s Team made a change at the start of the second-half as Kalisto Pasuwa pulled out Mkwate for attacking midfielder Nelson Kangunje.
KB capitalized on a defensive error as Yamikani Fodya tried to send a back pass to his goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda, but Daisi was too quick to win the ball and handed the hosts a lead six minutes into the second-half.
Bullets suffered a blow in the 59th minute after Hassan Kajoke picked a thigh injury, forcing Pasuwa to make two changes; he brought in Bright Munthali for Chimwemwe Idana and Patrick Phiri took over from the injured forward.
There was an appeal for a handball from Bullets players in the 69th but the referee took no action, before The People’s Team won a free kick, which Banda nearly scored but was denied by the goalkeeper who tipped the ball over the crossbar to concede a corner.
Bullets kept piling pressure on Kamuzu Barracks as Msowoya, Muthali and Phiri were coming wave after wave in search for a goal. They created chances, but the hosts denied the reigning champions an opening to grab an equalizer.
Phiri had a chance in the 83rd minute after collecting the ball from a rebound; unfortunately the left-footed attacker volleyed it over the bar, before sending another shot over after dribbling past two defenders in added time.
Despite dropping maximum points on Saturday, Bullets, who meet Masters Security at Dedza Stadium on Sunday, are still fourth on the standings, with 18 points from ten games.
Suffering the first league defeat to Blue Eagles 2-1 last month, The People’s Team has registered five wins, three draws and two losses.
With 11 games played, Kamuzu Barracks are at the summit of the 16-member table after collecting 26 points and BE Forward Wanderers are second with 25 points from ten matches, while TN Stars are third with 22 points collected from 11 games.