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Derby defeat jolts Silver Strikers

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Silver Strikers coach Stain Chirwa has bemoaned that suspensions and injuries contributed to his team’s downfall against Civo United in a Lilongwe derby played on Sunday.

The Bankers lost 0-2 against a disciplined Civo at Silver Stadium but Chirwa believes they paid the price of having a lean squad following injuries and suspensions.

Before the start of the season, Silver announced that they would have a squad of not more than 25 players as a cost cutting measure.

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“We need to have a big squad to cope with injuries and suspensions,” said Chirwa in post-match interview.

In their game against Civo, Silver were without key striker Green Harawa, midfielder Ndaziona Chatsalira, defender Mike Robert due to suspensions while striker Tizgobere Kumwenda missed the game due to injury.

They also lost key defender Lameck Kachimanga, who is in Nigeria trying his luck with Dolphins FC and midfielder Young Chimodzi Junior to Indian club Kenkre FC.

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Blessings Tembo is still out with an injury while Ghanaian striker Samuel Siaw is still ineligible to play.

Peter Pindani is also among the registered players but he is busy with work commitments.

The loss against Civo was their fifth defeat in 12 games this season.

They are on position four on the log table with 19 points.

However, Chirwa said their title challenge was not over.

“The league is a marathon and we are still one of the serious contenders,” he added.

Speaking after his first victory of the season, Civo coach Oscar Kaunda, said the win against rivals Silver would be the turning point of their season.

Before the game against Silver, Civo had gone eight games without a win and only managed three draws.

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