All of the sudden champions Silver Strikers simply don’t have the firepower to trouble opponents and have now registered back-to-back defeat during the weekend assignments with Red Lions beating them on Sunday at Zomba Community Centre ground.
The Bankers had lost to Super League rookies Envirom earlier on Saturday 1-0.
Silver were restricted to just a few fleeting glimpses at goal by the hard- working home side.
But Kumbukani Mwambene’s 35th minute goal added more misery to Silver as they lost the grip of the title defence campaign , though too early in the race to give up.
Playing before a capacity crowd, both teams kicked-off the game on a slow pace as they resorted into a physical game denying the spectators free-flow football.
However, Red Lions caused more havoc in the Bankers territory with Pearson Mphanje and Innocent Mlima frustrating Silver front-line of Rodrick Gonani and Asedi Ayami under tight watch.
The Bankers made several changes in Sunday’s encounter by starting with Frank Banda, who on Saturday against Envirom was left on the bench, and lacked the killer punch upfront.
Green Harawa was also forced to help in defense department than attacking since Wonderful Jeremane and Benard Namangwiyo were in the back-foot in the defence.
Lions looked more determined in the second half to add more goals after introducing Boniface Kaulesi and Kumbukani Mwambeni for Mathews Simbeyi and Williard Jere.
Despite bringing in Chawanangwa Kaonga and Chikondi Likwemba for Blessings Tembo and Peter Mwenda, the Bankers still could not find their rythm.
The Bankers, however, piled up some pressure towards the end of the match as they were awarded two corners but Kelvin Katema saved his side by clearing the ball from the line.
Silver Strikers assistant coach Hellings Mwakasungula said in post-match interview: “We conceded unfortunate goal but l cannot blame our players because they tried their best.
“We will go back to our drawing board to rectify all the problems we encountered in our two games from the Southern Region,” said Mwakasungura.
Red Lions assistant coach Mike Kumanga hailed his troops for the fight to collect maximum points and vowed to continue with the winning streak.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :