The mission to Blantyre for Civo Service United met great resistance that ended up denting their unbeaten run in the TNM Super League.
After enjoying a rich vein of form playing 12 games without a loss and registering draws, time came for the Lilongwe-based side to give up the record through Precious Sambani's striking winner at Kamuzu Stadium.
Three things were at stake as Civo was being hosted by Nyasa Big Bullets. Apart from maintaining their record, they would have consolidated their second spot on the log table, and also revenge last season's thumping, but none worked as the three points enabled the people's team to take up the place.
First match to be played with fans allowed to watch after government eased COVID-19 restrictions, the visitors sent a warning shot to the host through Muhammad Sulumba in the first half, before Chiukepo Msowoya levelled.
The match started on a very low note, with the visitors suspecting some superstitious play at the venue citing they spotted some unusual stuff on their chairs and had to call to a change to the seats.
All in all, the match continued until late second half when Sambani's strike landed in the civil servants' goal.
Bullets now have 25 points, one behind Civo, and three behind leaders Silver Strikers, which also has an upper hand to stretch the lead on Sunday facing Chitipa United.
Chitipa suffered their first loss since league resumption against Kamuzu Barracks after enjoying a three-consecutive victory that saw them out of the relegation zone.
KB's Gregory Nachipo scored the important goal for his side that saw the team instantly move out of the danger zone to position 12, swapping places with Chitipa, which is now 13th on the log table.
KB had won only two games in the league, before Saturday match and moving out of the relegation zone was just a dream, before Nachipo relieved the dream to prove that it is possible [NdiZotheka]!
Mzuzu derby between Moyale and Mzuzu Warriors saw the soldiers carry the day though Lloyd Njaliwa's lone goal.
Just like Chitipa, Moyale seems to have found their scoring charm after a poor start of the league that even saw them stuck in the relegation zone for some weeks.
Sunday, Blue Eagles will host MAFCO at Nankhaka.