LILONGWE--Pint sized striker Diverson Mlozi on Sunday saved Big Bullets from further punishment in the capital city, when he struck two minutes into in added time to cancel Epac United’s 1-0 first half lead when two teams met in a TNM Super League affair at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
Fresh from a 2-0 whipping at the hands of Blue Eagles in Area 30 the previous day, the ‘People’s Team’ was on the verge of another defeat, when Mulozi outpaced two Epac defenders before hammering the ball into the net. Epac had taken the lead in first half stoppage time- courtesy of an Ishmael Thindwa header of a Tsanzo Dalio corner-kick.
The hosts looked set to carry the maximum points but were betrayed by one of their own players Stain Malata, who, after coming in for Wonderful Timeo in the dying minutes got marching orders from referee Simon Jovinala after assaulting a Bullets’ player in an off-the-ball incident.
After the sending off, Epac’s midfield crumbled and it did not take long for the visitors to utilize the numerical advantage. The game was not without controversy as Bullets’ fans and officials including coach Eddie Ng’onamo bayed for Jovinala’s head, accusing him of favouring the hosts.
The fans and officials way-laid the referee on the exit and entrance tunnel with some fans throwing objects. The situation forced the referees to remain on the field of play during half-time.
After the match, Bullets also accused the referee of blowing the final whistle with two minutes of added time remaining. Jovinala had blown the final whistle soon after Bullets’ goal after Epac goalkeeper Jailosi Kapalamula left his goal area, complaining he was being stoned by jubilant Bullets fans.