Lifeless and clueless summed up Capital City giants Silver Strikers and Civil Service United’s awful performance as they produced a comical display in the 1-1 TNM Super League match stalemate at Silver Stadium on Sunday.
The performance from the two teams resembled harshly assembled social teams.
Again, there was a cocktail of mistakes from both sides as they failed to play entertaining football. Surely, the fans were robbed as they paid to watch a dull derby that lacked creativity and, no wonder, some fans were seen busy on social media and reading newspapers and books while in the stands.
It was a no-show for both teams. Both teams went into the match under pressure after a poor start to the season.
For Silver, they started the season with a 1-0 loss to Red Lions before a hard fought 1-0 win over rookies Rumphi United at home last week.
On the part of Civil, they started win a 2-0 win over rookies Sable Farming before a 1-0 defeat to Moyale Barracks at Mzuzu Ground.
Probably, both teams were scared of losing the match.
There were only few moments of flashes especially at the start and towards the end of the match.
Silver’s Chawanangwa Kaonga broke the deadlock as early six minutes into the match. The striker received a defence a good pass from Stain Davie, and beat his marker John Dambuleni before firing a low shot beyond the hands of Ernest Kakhobwe to send Silver fans into wild celebrations.
But after that, it was a boring match. Civil equalised in the 22nd minute after Patrick Phiri benefitted from Nixon Mwase’s blunder.
Mwase failed to clear Damiano Kunje’s corner and the ball fell on Phiri, who was at the right place to unleash a powerful shot into the top corner, beating goalkeeper Charles Thom.
After that, Silver were forced to make a change after injured Blessings Tembo was replaced by Duncan Nyoni.
In the 38th minute, Silver also substituted Uchizi Vunga for Patrick Macheso before Taonga Chimodzi was withdrawn due to injury for Chikondi Kamanga at the break.
Civil brought fresh legs of William Mwalwimba for Chasimbiwe Kanyika in the 67th minute.
But Silver made a double substitution when they brought in Frank Banda and Maxwell Gasten Phodo for Davie and Zebron Kalima.
Towards the end of the match, Civil also introduced Juma Yatina for Phiri before they brought Binwell Katinji for Luke Chima.
However, Silver wasted two good opportunities in the dying minutes. First, it was Banda and then Phodo failed to connect a Nyoni cross.
But Macheso broke the hearts of Silver fans when he blasted his shot over the bar in the six yards box.
It was game over.
Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe was frustrated with the draw.
“They denied us space and secondly we lacked composure,” Kabwe said.
Civil Coach Franco Ndawa said his troops played according to instructions.
“I told my boys to think fast and play fast football,” Ndawa said.
Interestingly, Silver and Civil have four points each after three matches into the season. Civil are on position eight whereas Silver are on position 10 on the log table.
Elsewhere, Mighty Wanderers and Tigers drew 0-0 at Mpira Stadium.
Dedza Dynamos came from behind to beat Kamuzu Barracks 2-1 at Balaka Stadium, thanks to Henry Misinjo and Charles Chipala’s goals. Horace Mchoma scored the consolation for KB.
Sable Farming and Ekwendeni Hammers drew 1-1 at Mulanje Stadium. Wongani Lungu scored for Hammers but Emanuel Lino equalised.
Blue Eagles lead the table with nine points from three matches followed by Dedza and Red Lions on seven points from the same number of matches.