Silver sink Civo to set up Nomads clash: Malawi Standard Bank Cup finals

Silver Strikers on Sunday hammered Civo United 4-1 in the K20 Million Standard Bank Cup semi-final clash at Silver Stadium and set up a final showdown with Mighty Wanderers.

Wanderers defeated Big Bullets on Saturday 4-3 on post-match penalty shoot-out.

The finals will be held on October 6, 2012 in Lilongwe.

Strikers opened the score sheet in the 36th minute when Rodrick Gonani’s shot was deflected by Civo United’s defender after some good passes from Silver Strikers players.

Silver players through to the finals

The bankers scored the second goal on 45th minute through Ndaziona Chatsalira’s 30-metre thunderbolt that left Civo’s goalie hapless. Silver led 2-0 at interval.

Silver Strikers scored a third goal in the 52nd minute again through Rodrick Gonani.

Civo reduced areas in the 77th minute when referee, Anthony Raphael awarded them a penalty and John Lanjesi made no mistake.
Silver went on to win the game 4-1.

Civo coach Alex Masanjala told Nyasa Times that his charges for conceding “silly goals” due to poor defending.

He also blamed his players for using unusual long balls style of play.

“We didnt play well at all because we were using long balls more especially in the first half and we ended up giving away the ball,” said dejected Masanjala.

“We did not play to our usual game. Our game is mostly to attack in large numbers, but today I don’t know what went wrong. In the second half we tried to do that and that’s why we managed to get a goal,” a disappointed Masanjala said.

But Masanjala took time to give credit to his newly recruited striker, Chawanangwa Kaonga  whose dazzling and sizzling skills left many spectators wowed including the national team coach, Kinnah Phiri who was part of the spectators.

His counterpart Franco Ndawa was in cloud nine and applauded his charges for showing up a splendid perfomance.

“My players played to instructions. I told them to never panic whenever they are on the ball and exactly did what I expected them to do,” Ndawa said.—(Additional reporting by Mlenga Mvula, Mana)

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