Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club drew 0-0 in a friendly encounter that marked the opening of Answer Private Academy Sports Complex in Dowa District on Monday afternoon.
The Bankers enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the first-half but were unable to break down the civil servants, as their goalkeeper Hastings Banda kept Silver at bay.
Banda denied Victor Limbani of Silver with two significant saves.
Elisha Nyirongo also had an opening late in the half after a clever back-heel from the elusive Hebert Wayekha but Limbani fired into the side-netting from a tight angle.
Civil’s best chance came from a set-piece in the 29th minute, as Raphael Phiri picked out defender Hygiene Mwendepeka, whose headed effort rebounded off the Bankers’ left-hand post.
Silver had their turn to acquaint themselves with the woodwork early in the second-half. In the 55th minute, Prince Phiri picked out the run of Lawrence Chaziya with a great ball over the defence but the attacking midfielder rattled the crossbar with an acrobatic volley.
That chance brought energy to the game, with both teams suddenly prepared to commit more men forward in attack. The Bankers brought on Thuso Paipi to boost their attack while Civil introduced Joe Kachule.
The next big chance arrived in the 71st minute. Silver, through Young Chimodzi Junior, swung in a free-kick to find the head of Mustafa Salimu but Banda kept out the defender’s effort with a one-handed save.
That proved to be the last highlight of the game as the game ended 0-0.
In his speech after the game, Director of Answer Private Academy, David Daimon, said it was unfortunate that Malawi lags behind in football infrastructure.
“Most institutions do not have quality sporting facilities such as pitches. This makes it difficult for our youths to show their in-born talent. As a result, it becomes difficult for them to build a very good foundation/ background for their skills.
“So, as an academy, it is our wish that we should be having such magnificent facilities which, in turn, would result in producing very good players with good skill and compete at the international level,” he said.
He added that they have lined up other projects such as the construction of netball, basketball and volleyball courts.
The academy sports complex is located 12 kilometres from Lilongwe-Mzuzu tarmac Road, between Chimwaza and Nambuma trading centres in Dowa.
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