By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Pressure continues to mount on Capital City giants Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles after last weekend’s losses in the TNM Super League and Carlsberg Cup, respectively.
Eagles were booted out of the cup in the quarter-final stage by a 1-0 scoreline by Southern Region Football Association Premier Division side Hangover United on Saturday while Silver lost 2-1 to Civil Sporting Club in a league match on the same day.
In reaction to Silver’s loss at Silver Stadium, irate supporters stopped players from boarding the team bus and forced them to use public transport.
Silver could have reduced Nyasa Big Bullets’ six-point lead by half had they won but the loss further dented their chances of lifting the league title.
Eagles are also under pressure to deliver, having gone four consecutive games without a win in all competitions.
The Central Bankers assistant Coach, Peter Mgangira, described football as a game of pressure but said they would fight to put their title campaign back on track.
“We are a big club and we have to accept that there is always pressure. But for now we do not think that the title is no longer in our hands. We will continue fighting and our rivals will also be dropping points along the way. So anything can happen,’’ Mgangira said.
Silver are second on the log table with 43points, six behind leaders Bullets who had no league game last weekend as they were playing Red Lions in the Carlsberg Cup at Kamuzu Stadium.
Recently, Silver suspended Coach Lovemore Fazili and Team Manager Francis Songo due to the team’s poor showing.
However, results have not improved in recent games as the 2-0 beating of Red Lions has seen Silver only win since the suspension of the duo.
On his part, Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala admitted that he was panicking with the poor form of the team.
“We are under pressure indeed because nothing is working at the moment. We are playing well as a team but we are not getting the results. It is just hard to explain what is happening,’’ Ngwala said.
The Area 30-based side has been affected by injuries to Gilbert Chirwa, Gregory Nachipo and John Malidadi Jnr.
Eagles players were also reported to be pressing for payment of bonus arrears of up to six games. But the club later issued a statement that it had sorted out the matter ahead of the match against Hangover.
Eagles are on position six on the log table with 29 points from 22 games. However, they can take solace in their winning of the Airtel Top 8 Cup after beating Bullets 1-0 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
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