Silver in Fisd Cup semis

Silver Strikers FC on Sartuday, November 5, 2016 set up a crucial Fisd Challenge Cup semifinal tie against city neighbours KB after labouring to a 1-0 victory against vising Dwangwa United in a quarterfinal match played at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.

Barnet stretches hands to stop a high ball, pix Alex Mwazalumo

Barnet stretches hands to stop a high ball, pix Alex Mwazalumo

Duncan Nyoni attemps to beat a Dwangwa defender.

Duncan Nyoni attemps to beat a Dwangwa defender.

A Dwangwa defender makes a clearance, pic Alex Mwazalumo.

A Dwangwa defender makes a clearance, pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Let football win- the two teams pray together after the game, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Let football win- the two teams pray together after the game, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Mtetemera congratulates Fazili.

Mtetemera congratulates Fazili.

Experienced midfielder Blessings Tembo claimed the lone strike on 72 minutes after replacing Thuso Paipi in the second half.

Coincidentally, Tembo was also the scorer for Silver during the 1-0 round of 16 victory over Nyasa Big Bullets when he also stepped from the bench to break the deadlock.

However, the result against the cane growers from Dwangwa was not a true reflection of the Saturday encounter as it were the visitors, who controlled the better part of the game.

At one moment in the second half Silver were saved by the wood work after a glancing header by Dwangwa`s Jack Chiona.

It was the coming in of the super substitute that changed the complexion of the game as Tembo beat goalkeeper Phillimon Barnet in with a low drive from the edge of the box after an exchange of passess by Silver inside the enemy territory.

Silver coach Lovemore Fazili admitted his side struggles against the cane growers but pointed out that experience carried the day for the Central Bankers.

“I must admit Dwangwa played better than us and we had to use experience to break their resistance,” said Fazili.

His counterpart McDonald Mtetemera said his side was just unlucky to lose the game.

“We wanted to win the game but we have been veey unlucky. Silver brought in an experienced player and scored with their only chance of the game,” said Mtetemera.

With the victory, Silver will now date Blue Eagles, who defeated Tiakalulu 2-0 in another quarterfinal match played at Nankhaka ground in Area 30.

Elia Kabingu and Phillip Masiye scored for the cops in the second half.

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