Having played second fiddle to their city rivals Silver Strikers in recent years, Civo Service United (Civo) put their act together on Saturday, June 07, 2014 when they restricted the defending TNM Super League champions to a goal-less draw in a tough and exciting match played before a sizeable crowd at Silver Stadium.
Despite producing no goals, the game had all the ingredients of a derby clash with both teams displaying classic soccer.
Civo were strong in defence and the midfield but they lacked the firepower upfront. Silver, who were without suspended Green Harawa upfront were not as sharp upfront where striker Chawanangwa Kaonga was tightly policed by defenders John Lanjesi and Emmanuel Zoya.
Lanjesi was eventually named man-of-the-match and went away with assorted items from league sponsors TNM.
Speaking after the final whistle, Civo coach Oscar Kaunda praised his charges for playing their lungs out:
“We were supposed to win this game but we were not strong upfront. However, I am impressed with the overall performance of the boys and hope we will be able to beat Silver when they come to our base in next round.”
Silver’s Stain Chirwa lamented the lost points but expressed optimism that his side would be able to get the full points at Blue Eagles on Sunday.
“It was a 50-50 game. We had good chances but we ended up hitting the post three times. Losing two points is not good for us considering our standing on the log table but I hope things will improve when we face the league leaders- Blue Eagles at Nankhaka tomorrow,” said Chirwa.