Visiting Azam Tigers ended Silver Strikers’ dreams of finishing the 2014 TNM Super League in the paid ranks when they condemned the Bankers to a 1-0 home defeat in one of the closing fixtures for the season played at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe’s Area 47.
With their city rivals Civo United grabbing maximum points against Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday, Silver had no choice but to defeat Tigers by any margin to win the battle for fourth-place but that proved too difficult a task as the Central Bankers found the Kau-Kau boys in total vengeance mood after the Standard Bank Knock-out Cup final defeat on August 30, 2014.
It took just a minute for Bright Munthali to pass judgment on the Civo-Silver fourth-place struggle as the Tigers’ striker took advantage of a mix-up in Silver’s defence to tap in a cross from Benard Harawa.
The Bankers’ tried all they could to reverse the situation but with vivid memories of the August 30 Cup final defeat, Tigers were not in any compromising mood.
Commenting after the final whistle, Tigers’ coach Franco Ndawa praised his charges for a mission well accomplished.
“What you have seen was well planned and calculated. We told the boys to sign off with a win but at the same time we were eyeing for revenge after losing to Silver in the Standard Bank Cup final,” said Ndawa.
His counterpart Stain Chirwa, whose side will be missing out on the league’s spoils after monopolizing the top prize for three consecutive years blamed the whole scenario on the deduction of nine points-
dubbed ‘TNM Pasavute’ and a further four points from his team.
“We have been heavily affected by Pasavute and the forfeiture of four points from KB and Moyale games. After falling into that predicament, we wanted to challenge ourselves by setting up some targets but it has not been easy for the boys. However, I salute my boys for managing to finish in the top five despite losing 13 points in the boardroom,” said Chirwa.
The Sunday result means the fourth-place has been won by Civo, who won 1-0 against Kamuzu Barracks on Friday– courtesy of a Lawrence Mwehiwa second half strike from a brilliant Emmanuel Zoya cross.
In another closing fixture, which was just of academic importance third-placed Blue Eagles defeated league runners-up Moyale Barracks 2-1 at Nankhaka Ground with both their goals coming from Schumaker Kuwali. Moyale scored through Dan Katunga.