Fresh from last week’s back-to-back defeats at the hands of Mighty Be-Forward Wanderers and Dwangwa United, struggling Civo United on Sunday earned a vital away point as they held hot title contenders Silver Strikers to a goal-less draw in a tough match played at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe’s Area 47.
It was a much improved performance from the civil servants, who could have easily grabbed the full points after putting up a spending second half performance.
The first half belonged to the bankers but Civo had the better of opportunities in the second half, which saw substitute Victor Mpinganjira nearly beating Blessings Kamiza after the Silver custodian had spilled a hard shot.
Mpinganjira went in for the rebound but as he was about to shoot, he bumped into Kamiza, who seemingly blocked the striker’s way to prevent him from shooting.
There were some penalty appeals from the Civo camp but Fifa referee Duncan Lengani ruled it a 50-50 affair.
Civo’s danger man Nelson Kangunje also had a couple of half chances in the closing stages but he shot wide.
Coach Charles Manda described the draw as a fitting result, praising his charges for putting up a spirited performance.
“It’s a befitting result though we would have loved to win the game. These two sides are rivals and every team was not prepared to lose the match. We just need to work hard and make sure we win three or four games to get out of where we are,” said Manda.
His counterpart Lovemore Fazili, who was without his injured captain Lucky Malata lamented some missed first half opportunities. “We had some good chances in the first half but finishing was the problem. We need to work on our finishing problem before our next games,” said Fazili.
With the result, the Bankers are still topping the TNM Super League’s log table with 42 points from 22 games while Civo have moved from two steps up from 14th to 12th position.