Silver Strikers dream to challenge for the TNM Super League title were shuttered on Saturday after losing 3-2 to Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The bankers, who are on fourth position with 53 points cannot challenge and they have surrendered the battle to Kamuzu Barracks and Nyasa Big Bullets.
Kamuzu Barracks are on the summit table with 58 points, while Bullets are coming second with 57 points. Both teams have a game before wrapping up the 2016 season next week with Bullets hosting Blue Eagles while Kamuzu Barracks will travel to Nkhota-kota to face Dwangwa United.
Back to Wanderers and Silver game, the Nomads were first to open the scoresheet through Isaac Kaliat before the bankers responded through Blessings Tembo with an equalizer.
However, Joseph Kamwendo added more misery to the bankers with the second goal before the two teams went to recess time.
In the second half, the Nomads introduced Jaffali Chande for Amos Bello. Indeed the substation paid the Lali-Lubani boys, as Chande scored the third goal through a header, before Binwel Katinji reduced the arrears.
In the injury time, the bankers were awarded a penalty when Wanderers defender Bongani Kaipa handled the ball inside the box. It was now Lucky Malata versus Richard Chipuwa.
When everybody thought the game would end 3-3, oops! Richard Chipuwa saved Malata’s penalty before the last whistle was blown.
Yasin Osman side have the knack of draining composure from opponents and from Lovemore Fazil’s teams more often than most.
Bankers weakness was in the wings where Thuso Paipi was tamed well by probably defender of the season Stanely Sanudi, while Duncan Nyoni who was introduced in the second half lacked spark and was a mere passenger.
But the bankers were strong in defence where Lucky Malata and Chisomo Mpachika tried their best not to allow Peter Wadabwa to kiss the back of their net.
On the other side, Wanderers was too weak on the left defence where makeshift Kondwani Lufeyo struggle, and no wonder he substituted for Felix Zulu.
The Nomads strength was on the middle of the park where Alfred Manyozo and Joseph Kamwendo combined well, even in the wings where Isaac Kaliat and Mike Kaziputa operated.
The Nomads will be pushing for fifth position as they take on Mzuni FC in their last assignment in Mzuzu, while the bankers have a date against Mafco FC at their own backyard.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :