Blantyre Derby Ends in 0-0 Stalemate

There was no separating Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets as they drew 0-0 in an absorbing league encounter at the Bingu National Stadium on Saturday.

Bullets keeper Robson Chiyenda was called in to action first, doing well to push Peter Wadabwa’s low drive away for a corner in the fourth minute.

Bullets striker Chiukepo Msowoya looked to be on goal six minutes later, but Nomads stopper Richard Chipuwa did well to make the intercept.

The Peoples Team were within inches of going ahead on the half hour mark when Msowoya’s powerful header came back off the bar.

However,Nomads stepped things up in the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza and Chiyenda was kept busy as he made saves from Wadabwa, and Esau Kanyenda in quick succession, before Precious Sambani hit the side-netting.

The action heated up after the break, the near-capacity crowd off their feet as play went from end to end.

After a couple of near misses, Bright Munthali looked set to put Bullets ahead in the 70th minute when he arrowed a header goal-wards, but Chipuwa pulled off a brilliant diving save.

The Peoples Team faithful thought their side had scored 20 minutes from time when Bright Munthali got on the end of Kondowe’s cross to score from a header and the goal did not stand as it was ruled out for offside.

The Peoples Team breathed fire again as Msowoya scored,but the goal was ruled out for offside,a thing angered Bullets supporters who pelted bottles inside the field of play.

The game was stopped for close to 10 minutes ,as the angry fans continued to pelt bottles.

Another notable thing during the match was when Wanderers finished with a few players following injuries from Dennis Chembezi and Wongani Kaipa.They finished substitutions.

Calm was restored as Bullets fans obeyed their players plea to end violence.

There was a late chance for Wanderers when Wadabwa hit one from range but Chiyenda made a comfortable save as the game ended in a draw, which appeared a fair reflection of an entertaining match that lacked only in goals.

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