Silver fortunate to scrape a win against luckless Tigers

Defending champions Silver Strikers title defence hopes were given a boost when the Bankers beat Azam Tigers 1-0 in the elite TNM Super League match played at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.

Scrambling for the ball.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Scrambling for the ball…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Tigers goalkeeper reaction after conceding a goal....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tigers goalkeeper reaction after conceding a goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Frank Banda receiving his man of the match accolade....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Frank Banda receiving his man of the match accolade….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Coach Franco Ndawa trying to do some pep-talk to his players as they drink water  given to them by official Steven Madeira...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Coach Franco Ndawa trying to do some pep-talk to his players as they drink water given to them by official Steven Madeira…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Silver Strikers coach Stain Chirwa (rights) sharing notes with his colleague on the way to the dressing room on half time....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Silver Strikers coach Stain Chirwa (rights) sharing notes with his colleague on the way to the dressing room on half time….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Bankers celebrating their goal....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Bankers celebrating their goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tigers players walking to the dressing room after their defeat....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Tigers players walking to the dressing room after their defeat….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

The Bankers had struggled to break down their stubborn opponents and almost went behind in the early stages of the game.

But the unconvincing visitors broke the deadlock in the second half strikers Blessings Tembo planted in the net the winner.

The win keeps Silver  in with a fighting chance of defending the title,  if they maintain the winning streak as they had started the season by forfeiting six nine points and were docked three points last week for fielding a suspended player

“We came here with a game plan and we executed it really well,” said Silver coach Stain Chirwa after the game.

The Bankers were without their four key players Chawanangwa Kawonga, Green Harawa, Lucky Malata and Thoko Stambuli.

Tigers also missed the services of their three key players

In other matches, Karonga United inflicted more woes to Chikwawa United with a 3-1 victory in Mzuzu, while in Chitowe, Epac FC and Airborne Rangers shared the spoils with a 0-0 draw.  Mighty Wanderers suffered 1-0 defeat to Civo United,

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