Defending champions Silver Strikers wrapped up the first round in the elite TNM Super League in style with a 3-1 victory against Big Bullets on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium.
The Bankers, despite a shortage of defenders having improvised Dave Moya and Chimodzi Junior who are midfielders to partner Mabvuto Khodzomba in defence, produced a stunning perfomance to the delight of Mighty Wanderers ganyu supporters.
Beaming with confidence, the Bankers controlled the proceedings of the match from the word go especially on the middle of the park where Ndaziona Chatsalira and Sebastiano Mhone outclassed Chimango Kayira and James Chilapondwa.
With the absence of Sankhani Mkandawire in their right defence, Bullets featured Richard Senti who was an n easy passage for Green Harawa.
Blessings Tembo headed in a well taken corner kick in the 9th minute after a corner kick from Jester Mulima .
Mulima, who created the first goal, went on to stretch Silver’s lead after heading home substitute Chawanangwa Kawongo in the 55th minute.
Bullets’ made an effort to come back into the game through Henry Kabichi’s freekick which eluded Silver’s Charles Swine to reduce the arrears to 2-1.
Silver sealed a sweet victory in the 77th minute through midfielder Ndaziona Chatsalira who pounced on another defensive gaffe to restore the two-goal cushion.
Bullets cranked up the pressure in the 10 minutes before the full regulation time but their striking force mis-fired a lot of scoring opportunities.
After the last whistle, Silver Strikers interim coach Stain Chirwa who was on cloud nine led his charges to ganyu stand to thank them for their vocal support.
“I am delighted with the performance of my boys. This is just the beginning and our fans should expect more in the second round, “said Chirwa.
Chirwa also commended his two midfielders Dave Moya and Chimodzi Junior for commanding the defence brilliantly despite being introduced on the position for the first time.
Bullets coach Edington Ng’onamo conceded the defeat, saying “we were outplayed.”
Bullets fans did not take the loss lightly as they vented their anger on the players.
The victory has pushed Silver to position six, displacing Azam Tigers because of an better goal aggregate having been at tied at 22 points.
Bullets have finished on fifth position with 23 points while Kamuzu Barracks, who are the Carlsberg Cup champions wrapped up the first half with 29 points.
In another game Blue Eagles who had set the pace for the better part of the first half were dealt a big blow by a goalless draw against Mafco at Chitowe in Nkhotakota to miss the second position.
Blue Eagles are still on fourth position with 25 points apiece with Carlsberg Cup finalists Red Lions but have an inferior goal aggregate to the soldiers.
Bullets rivals Wanderers have finished second with 27 points, two behind league leaders Kamuzu Barracks.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :