‘Fatigue cost Silver title’


Silver Strikers Team Manager, Francis Songo, has admitted that his charges lacked energy to cope with the demands of the season.
The Central Bankers lost once in the TNM Super League this season to Red Lions (1-0) but failed to win the championship due to too many draws (13).
But in an interview after his side defeated Civil Sporting Club 2-1 in their last game of the season at Silver Stadium on Saturday, Songo said they failed to win the title due to fatigue.
“We went through a bad patch at some point because the players exhausted their energy in the Airtel Top 8 Cup. We dropped more points through draws but, towards the end of the season, we regained our good form. It happens in football but next season we will come back stronger,” Songo said.
He said they were preparing for life without top goal scorer Mathews Sibale, who signed a pre-contract with Mozambique giants, Costa do Sol, after winning the league’s Golden Boot Award with 16 goals.
“We have to move on and make sure that we get someone who can fill his boots. He (Sibale) has been an important player for us and we wish him well,” Songo added.
Sibale scored in the game against Civil and received a standing ovation from Silver fans. Silver is on third place with 61 points.
“I enjoyed my career with Silver. The fans were fantastic and I will miss them,” said Sibale.

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