Capital city giants Silver Strikers dropped points in their title pursuit of the TNM Super when Gabadinho Mhango broke their hearts with probably the last minutes of the game to equalise for Bullets FC and deny Silver maximum points.
Silver had a chance to displace Escom United had they won this game and took the lead through Rodrick Gonani but were delt a heavy blow when Mhango scored in the last minute at the Kalulu Stadium.
One of Silver’s caretaker coaches Hellings Mwakasungula described the result as a heart breaker in a game they created several good scoring opportunities.
“It’s a bad result for us because we needed to win to go top and we created some good opportunities to kill off Bullets. Loss of concentration also cost us this game, its a blow but we have to move on” he told Nyasa Times after the game.
Bullets assistant coach Gerrard Phiri described the result as a relief.
“We are worried to have dropped 2 points but scoring when we thought we had lost the match is good” Phiri said.
How they stand
Silver Strikers now have 42 points, level with Blantyre United. Bullets have accumulated 34 points from 26 games. Civo are now on 40 points from 23 games and have a chance to win the title if they win all their reamaining 5 games with maximum points of 55 from Escom’s 50.
1 Escom United 26 11 44 Points
2 Silver Strikers 25 29 42 Points
3 Blantyre United 25 11 42 Points
4 Civo United 23 9 40 Points
And the bottom three…
13 Cobbe Barracks 27 -18 27 Points
14 Zomba United 25 -28 19 Points
15 Embangweni 26 -38 19 Points
Civo United enhanced their chances of grabbing the rleague title with a 3 – 1 victory over fellow hot title contenders Blantyre United at the Civo stadium.
Welani Nyirenda, Nelson Kangunje and Lazarus Chirwa were on the scoresheet for Civo to deny Blantyre United maximum points away from home. Brown Mizeyi pulled one but it was too late to rescue 2 points.
Civo coach Alex Masanjala was obviously on cloud nine with the victory a good team of Blantyre United’s calibre.
“I am a very happy person,it was a game against one of the best teams so far but at the end of the day experience helped us a lot” he said.
United’s technical director Lawson Nakoma said he accepted the defeat but partly blamed ‘questionable’ officiation.
Moyale were the biggest winners on Saturday when they ran riot against a helpless Mafco FC at the Mzuzu stadium beating them 5 – 1.
Red hot striker Gastin Simukonda scored four goals with the other coming in from Deus Nkutu to hand Mafco a soccer lesson the hard way.
Hassan Chapola scored Mafco’s consolation.
Blue Eagles were 1 – 0 winners of Red Lions with Macium Mhone scoring the games only goal.
Mighty Wanderers and Cobbe shared the spoils in a goalless encounter in the other game on Saturday.
Bullets FC 1 Silver Strikers 1
Civo United 3 Blantyre United 1
Moyale 5 Mafco 1
Blue Eagles 1 Red Lions 0
Mighty Wanderers 0 Cobbe 0