Silver Strikers suffered their first defeat in the 2012-2013 TNM Super League on Sunday to much improved Blantyre United in an exciting encounter at the soccer mecca Kamuzu Stadium.
The Bankers, coming from a fresh 2-1 knock out in the Presidential Cup on Saturday to little known Complex Madrid, failed to tick on Sunday.
Blantyre United took three minutes to register their goal through Brown Mizeyi after a well taken corner kick before Muhammad Sulumba scored the second one after 8 minutes.
The two quick goals from Blantyre United confused the Bankers and their defence of Benard Namangwiyo, Francis Khodzomba and Lucky Malata was vulnerable.
But Silver Strikers goalkeeper, Amadu Ali, saved many would-be goals.
In the 30 minutes of the match, the Bankers organized themselves with the likes of Captain Peter ‘Pido’ Pindani and Blessings Tembo, who was operating from the right flank and released a power packed shot, which kissed the back of United’s net to make it 2-1.
Tempers on the Bankers bench flared in the 60th minute, when the referee denied them a penalty after a United defender appeared to have handled the ball in the box.
One of the Bankers assistant coach, Hellings Mwakasungula, was shown marching orders for defying the match commissioner orders to sit on his bench when he was confronting him.
Blantyre United coach, Elijah Kananji described their victory as a stepping stone to better results.
“This is a sign that we are now back into the real game after losing our first two matches into the League,” said Kananji, whose team lost to Red Lions, Bvumbwe before drawing with Big Bullets.
His counterpart for Silver, Thom Mkorongo said it was a “painful defeat” and a “bad weekend.”
In other encounters, Big Bullets won 2-0 to Mafco FC in Chitowe, while Might Wanderers came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Azam Tigers.
In Zomba, Red Lions had a fruitful Sunday afternoon, as they went on to secure three points after a 2-1 victory to Bvumbwe, as Civo and Kamuzu Barracks shared a point each after a 1-1 result.
At Nankhaka in area 30, the Cops, Blue Eagles drew 3-3 with Epac FC.
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