Defending TNM Super League champions Silver Striker on Saturday stumbled off the league pace as they were spectacularly beaten by rookies Evirom FC at Kamuzu Stadium.
Evirom captain Harold Zulu scored from the penalty spot on the 31st minute to which was enough for them to claim maximum points and their first win in a match watched amongst them ew Flames interim coach Tom Saintfiet and his assistants Eddington Ng’onamo and Patrick Mabedi who were watching from the VIP Stand.
Defender Wonder Jelemani had fouled Ongani Zulu for his elder brother Harold to score from the spot past goalkeeper Charles Swini.
It was a fully-deserved win for Envirom too, who were full of endeavour coming forward before they won the pnalty and Zulu made no mistake , just as importantly, defended as if their lives depended on it afterwards.
Roared on by ganyu supporters, Envirom set about by first frustrating the champions and then taking the game to them.
The Bankers much talked Chawanangwa Kawonga was well tamed by Mike Mleme that force his team to withdraw his services in the second half.
Sensing danger, the Bankers introduced Frank Banda, Asedi Ayami and Ndaziona Chatsalira but things did not improve for them as lion-heartened Envirom stood firmly to the satisfaction of the ganyu fans who chanted, “Bullets team B! Bullets team B” meaning Envirom is Big Bullets ‘reserve side’ because both teams are from the populous Ndirande township.
Envirom were not just defending either, and could have extended their lead before the end.
There was still time for a couple of desperate goal-mouth scramble but Silver could not find the goal.
Envirom coach Mario Gadaga after the final whistle threw himself to the ground, kissed the artificial turf on the byline while uttering a small prayer..
“Obviously I am very delighted of the famous win and proud of my team for their win today. I feel we deserved this win,” he told Nyasa Times.
“I said it that today we will collect three points and now l have been vindicated. I was ready to resign if we could have lost,” said Gadaga.
“This is a reward for the faith and patience that our fans from Ndirande Township have always shown in us,” he added.
Silver coach Frank Ndawa refused to grant the press post-match interviews.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :