Squarely a month after winning the Lilongwe High 4 Bonanza, TNM Super League champions Silver Strikers proved their salt as the country’s soccer kings when they won the Lilongwe University College of Law and Professional Studies Charity Challenge Football Bonanza after crashing Epac FC 5-2 in the final match at Civo Stadium on Sunday, April 06, 2014.
The bankers were already in the comfort zone barely 17 minutes into the game following two quick strikes from defender Thoko Stambuli and nimble footed striker Chawanangwa Kaonga.
Kaonga was also responsible for the Bankers’ third goal before Rodrick Douglas and Willy Sithole tried to put Njenjete back into contention. Douglas struck from the penalty spot with Sithole striking against the run of play to put the scores 3-2 in favour of Silver at half time.
The final was no longer a contest when Kaonga and his striking partner Green Harawa added two more for the bankers in the last half.
Silver’s coach Stain Chirwa said he would be happy going into the new season after winning two competition.
“Having triumphed in two pre-season tournaments, we will begin our title defence at full
strength and with all the confidence which will be good for our campaign for a third consecutive title,” said Chirwa.
His counterpart Audlo Makonyola said the two quick goals from Silver disturbed his team’s game plan.
“We were in total control when Silver struck within a space of three minutes and as we tried to reorganize ourselves, they struck again in the second half,” lamented Makonyola.
Playing in the losers final, Big Bullets silenced their rivals Mighty Wanderers with a 3-1 beating- courtesy of first half goals from Mussa Manyenje, Jimmy Zakazaka and James Chilapondwa. Mike Kaziputa claimed a face saver for the Nomads in the dying minutes.
As champions Silver went away with a trophy and K1 million with Epac pocketing K750,000. Bullets got K500,000 and Wanderers K250,000.