By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Civil Sporting Club earned Capital City bragging rights after beating Silver Strikers 2-1 in a TNM Super League match played before a huge crowd at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe Saturday.
It was Civil’s first victory over Silver in a league match since 2015. Silver’s loss means leaders Nyasa Big Bullets have maintained their six-gap advantage.
Substitute Ranken Mwale netted the winner in stoppage time to secure maximum points for Civil.
Following the win, Civil have collected four points against Silver this season after the two teams drew 1-1 in the first round.
Despite the win, Civil remain fourth on the log table with 34 points from 23 games whereas Silver are second with 43 points from 22 games.
From the word go, Civil looked a changed side and had a clear purpose. No wonder, they opened the scores through Isaac Msiska who converted with a classic bicycle kick.
With the goal behind him, Msiska scored a beauty beating Silver goalkeeper Brighton Munthali who was left helpless.
The visitors continued to pile pressure on their hosts but they wasted several scoring chances in quick succession.
Sensing danger, Silver reorganised themselves with Levison Maganizo and Duncan Nyoni causing plenty of problems to Civil defenders.
Zikani Kasambara levelled matters with a flick-on header which caught Civil goalkeeper Hastings Banda off guard. The two teams went for recess with the scores tied at 1-1.
After recess, Civil brought in Innocent Tanganyika for Damiano Kunje to add firepower upfront. The Civil Servants continued to attack relentlessly, in the process exposing Silver’s defence comprising Yinusa Sherrif, Trevor Kalema and Mike Mtonyo.
The Central Bankers responded with a double substitution, bringing in the fresh legs of Green Harawa and Mphatso Philimon for Nyoni and Zikani Kasambara, respectively.
However, Civil continued to dominate with Hudson Milanzi, Blessings Tembo and Charles White dictating matters in midfield.
They eventually got rewarded with a late winner from Mwale who netted his first goal for Civil since moving from Mafco.
After the game, Silver assistant Coach Peter Mgangira was left ruing his team’s missed chances.
“It is a very painful defeat for us because we created several chances. But we have to forget what has happened and focus on the next game,” Mgangira said.
Civil Team Manager Gabriel Chirwa was happy with the result: “We had a special plan for them and I am happy that it has worked. It is good to get maximum points against rivals.”
In other games played yesterday, Kamuzu Barracks’ poor run continued after they lost 2-0 to Mzuni at Civo Stadium.
Joseph Mbaga and Charles Nkhoma scored a goal each to take Mzuni out of the relegation zone.
Moyale Barracks and Karonga United shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw at Mzuzu Stadium. Deus Nkutu opened the scores for Moyale while Khumbo Msowoya ensured that Karonga return home with a point through his equaliser.
Action continues today at Kasungu Stadium where Mzuni will face TN Stars.
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