After going eight games without a win, Civil Service United (Civo) on Sunday, June 28, 2015 rose from the graveyard to haunt their bitter rivals Silver Strikers with a 2-0 whipping as the capital city giants clashed in a TNM Super League encounter at Silver Stadium in Area 47.
Wearing the underdog tag against a highly confident Silver, which was fresh from a 2-0 away victory over Mighty Be Forward Wanderers last week, Civo were a delight to watch as they played a beautiful man-to-man passing game.
Silver, on the other hand were a pale shadow of the side that handed the high spending Wanderers their first defeat of the season.
Perhaps the bankers were affected by the absence of their injured stars- Green Harawa, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Tizgowere Kumwenda and suspended defender Mike Robert.
Civo deservedly took the lead after the half hour when hard working defender Emmanuel Zoya headed in a flicked ball by Patience Kalumo. The goal originated from a short corner kick involving Isaack Msiska and Raphael Phiri. The later let go an inviting cross into Silver’s penalty box before Kalumo directed the ball towards the goal-line for Zoya to head in the opening goal.
After conceding the goal, Silver replaced ineffective striker Ndaona Daisi for Sam Gunda but they still went for pep-talk trailing 0-1.
Civo made a double substitution after restart, bringing in Dan Msimuko for Blessings Banda and Righteous Banda for injured Msiska.
The servants were two up on 66 minutes- courtesy of a Nelson Kangunje spot-kick, which was awarded after Silver defender Lucky Malata had tripped-down Charles Chilembo inside the box. The Silver captain was lucky not to be sent for an early shower as he had earlier been booked for dangerous play.
Five defeats in 12 matches, coach Stain Chirwa admitted the bankers now have a mountain to climb to reclaim the tile they lost to Big Bullets last season.
“Last week we had a grand game against Wanderers but today we did not play our game. Civo played with full determination but we lacked hunger and passion, said Chirwa in a post-match interview.
Relieved Civo coach Oscar Kaunda praised his charges for putting everything into the capital city derby.
“If you are sick, you try all kinds of medicine. We knew where our problems were and tried to rectify those short-falls during training. I am happy that the boys have followed the instructions we gave them.
“We needed such a win to restore confidence in our camp and I am hopeful that we will get more points in our subsequent games,” said Kaunda.
With the victory, Civo have now moved a step from the bottom, displacing FISP Wizards on goal difference. Both sides have six points from nine games but FISP have an inferior goal difference.
The Central Bankers, who could have displaced Wanderers on second position with victory over their rivals have dropped from third to fourth position following Blue Eagles’ 2-1 win over Epac on Saturday.
As Civo got their first full points of the season, there was another shocker at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, where unpredictable Airborne Rangers handed Blue Eagles their first defeat of the season after whipping the cops 2-0.
Asedi Ayami and Kefas Zimba scored for the soldiers to deny the cops from Area 30 a chance of leapfrogging Wanderers. A win would have propelled the Lexten Kachama boys from 20 points to 23 points, two ahead of the Nomads.
At Chitowe, Blue Eagles missed the opportunity to dislodge Mighty Be Forward Wanderers from the second spot after going down to Airborne Rangers 2-0.
The Area 30 Police side was coming from a 2-1 win over EPAC FC but could not contain the Salima-based soldiers in the match played at Chitowe. A win would have taken them to 23 points, two above second-placed Wanderers.
Elsewhere, Dedza Young Soccer forced a 1-1 draw against the soldiers on Zomba, Red Lions, in a game played at Balaka Stadium, while in Mzuzu soldiers Moyale Barracks and Mafco played a goalless draw.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :