Silver Strikers defeated Nyasa Big Bullets 2-1 Sunday in a tense match at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe for the Bankers to maintain their unbeaten run in the TNM Super League.
But, after the final whistle, Bullets supporters bayed for referee Easter Zimba’s blood and he was whisked away by security personnel. It was the sixth-placed Bullets’ third league defeat and they have 15 points from 10 games, one point ahead of Silver.
The fans started pelting objects onto the pitch in the 75th minute. Several fans exchanged blows at the stadium. The situation worsened after the final whistle.
On the pitch, Victor Limbani once again haunted his former club when he scored the opener in the ninth minute before substitute Ronald Pangani grabbed the second goal.
Chiukepo Msowoya scored Bullets’ consolation goal.
It was a high tempo match, with both teams playing quick and exciting football. But Silver had a slight upper hand with Thuso Paipi, Blessings Tembo and Limbani causing plenty of problems for Bullets, whose outstanding players were Chimango Kayira, Miracle Gabeya and Nelson Kangunje.
Be Forward Wanderers also lost 2-0 to Civil Sporting Club at Civo on Saturday.
But the leaders, Wanderers, bounced back Sunday to claim a 1-0 victory over rookies Masters Security FC at Dedza Stadium. The Nomads, who scored through Precious Msosa, have 22 points from nine games.
In a post-match interview, Silver Coach, Lovemore Fazili, said: “It is a good victory for us. The players fought hard throughout the game.”
His Bullets counterpart, Elia Kananji, said: “It was an open game which could have gone either way. But there is no need to panic. There is still a long way to go and I hope we will recover in time.”
Elsewhere, Mafco beat second-placed Premier Bet Wizards 1-0 at Chitowe in Dwangwa courtesy of Gift Soko’s goal. In Mzuzu, third-placed Moyale Barracks and 15th positioned Blantyre United played out to a 1-1.