KB shoot down Bankers again to go top: Malawi TNM Super League

Tough riding Kamuzu Barracks FC on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 rose to the summit of the TNM Super League log table after crashing Silver Strikers 4-2 in a controversy ridden match at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Part of the action- photo by Alex Mwazalumo

Part of the action- photo by Alex Mwazalumo

KB goalie Lehman Nthara running down the clock

KB goalie Lehman Nthara running down the clock

Security tightened as the game draws to the end

Security tightened as the game draws to the end

The match officials retreat to the field, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

The match officials retreat to the field, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Silver fans baying for the ref's blood, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Silver fans baying for the ref’s blood, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

The match officials board a police riot van after the match, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

The match officials board a police riot van after the match, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

It was the second time within 72 hours for the soldiers from army headquarters to beat the Central Bankers after dismissing them from the FISD Cup at Silver on Sunday.

Strikers Kelvin Hanganda opened the scores barely six minutes into the game aftet noding the ball home from a free kick before claiming a brace on 29 minutes.

Towards half time, youthful Thuso Paipi reduced the arrears for the Bankers after curving the ball to the far side of KB custodian Lehman Nthara.

After an incident-free 44 minutes referee Chidziwitso Simbi courted controversy on the dot of the first half, when he awarded KB a soft penalty after adjudging Silver defender Chisomo Mpachika to have fouled a KB striker.

From the spot kick, goalkeeper Blessings Kamiza saved Mustafa Salimu’s kick but the defender followed up the rebound to finish the ball home and rest the scores at 3-1.

The goal drew heavy protests from Silver fans, who started causing all sorts of havoc.

When the ref blew for half time, angry Silver supporters gathered close to the tunnel to deal with the referee.

The development forced the match officials to retreat to the field of play under heavy security.

The officials remained on the pitch up to the restart of the game.

Eleven minutes after the resumption, Blassings Tembo scored Silver’s second goal after struggling with two KB defenders.

As the Bankers pushed for an equaliser, substitute Komani Msiska hit the fourth goal for the hosts after teasing a Silver defender.

It was a beautiful goal that could have sent shivers in the spines of KB FISD Cup final opponents Be Forward Wanderers, who watched the second half as they waited to warm up on the pitch in preparation for tomorrow’s encounter against Blue Eagles at Nankhaka ground.

Soon after the final whistle from Simbi, a police armoured vehicle drove into the pitch to pitch and sped away with the match offo officials as blood-thirsty Silver fans watched helplessly.

Speaking in a post-match interview, KB coach Billy Phambala said he planned to finish off the game in the first half, a mission he said was well accomplished by his charges.

“I said in a pre-match interview with one of the local radio stations that I would finish the game in the first half. I salute my boys for sticking to the game plan,” said Phambala, whose side has now jumped from fifth to the top position on the league’s log table.

Silver’s coach Lovemore Fazili could not grant any interview as he was prevented from speaking to journalists by the irate Silver fans.

With the loss, the Bankers have dropped from fourth to fifth position with 43 points from 24 games.

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