Henry Misinjo’s late equalizer in the 89th minute denied Silver Strikers maximum three points as they drew 1-1 with Mzuni FC in a TNM Super League encounter at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After 21 minutes into the game, Binwell Katinji’s beautiful cross found Matthews Sibale in the box but his header missed the target with a few centimeters.
The students enjoyed their game with fine passes orchestrated by Lazarus Deco Nyemera, Victor Gondwe and Lughindiko Mhlane but they could not find the back of the net in the first half.
Silver Strikers goalkeeper Brighton Munthali was red carded just after the half time whistle for insulting referee Misheck Juba.
Nigerian Yunusa Sheriff had to be pulled out to allow substitute goalkeeper Blessings Kameza man the goal posts for the bankers at the start of the second half. Thuso Paipi also paved way for enterprising Blessings Tembo.
In the 65th minute, Green Harawa’s pin point cross from the left found Blessings Tembo but his powerful shot was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kumkwawa.
Two minutes later, Harawa was at it again when he switched play from left to right, and Tembo’s cross was tapped into the students’ net by the bankers’ hit man Matthews Sibale. 1 nil.
Head Coach Alex Ngwira made a triple substitution in the 78th minute. Lughindiko Mhlane, Timothy Silwimba and Lyton Kapunda were pulled out for Henry Misinjo, Steven Madimba and Pilirani Mdhluli respectively.
It was the substitute Henry Misinjo who broke through on the left in the 89th minute and his thunderous shot from 35 metres out ended into the bankers’ net.
And 1-1 it ended after 90 minutes.
Speaking after the match, Team Manager for Silver Strikers, Francis Songo, said the game was not very tough but it was unfortunate to concede in the dying minutes.
“We could not play our usual game because the playing surface here is very poor. It’s unfortunate that we have drawn but our aim was to collect three points. Brighton’s red card also affected our game plan because we were numerically disadvantaged,” he added.
Mzuni’s Head Coach Alex Ngwira praised his charges for a spirited performance.
“Silver are an experienced side. My boys played very well. We could have won the game if we had utilized all the scoring chances that we created. We still hope to finish in the top eight,” explained Ngwira.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :