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Beat Blantyre giants to win Pamtsetse Bonanza

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Silver Strikers produced a solid performance to win Pamtsetse Nzika Football Bonanza after beating Mighty Wanderers 1-0 in extra time at Bingu National Stadium Sunday.

The two teams played out to a 0-0 stalemate in 90 minutes before substitute Chawanangwa Kaonga decided the match with his carefully taken lone goal.

Kaonga curled a low shot beyond the reach of Wanderers goalkeeper Pilirani Mapila, who had a grand game.

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It was his second goal of the bonanza after he also scored the only goal as Silver defeated Nyasa Big Bullets Saturday. 1-0 at the same venue on

This could be a warning to Blantyre giants Bullets and Wanderers as both sides lost to the Bankers by a similar margin just one week before the start of the season.

It was an entertaining match as both sides displayed good football. Both teams also created numerous chances.

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However, it was Silver who showed great character and hunger upfront.

Wanderers should thank Mapila for keeping his side in the tie in 90 minutes.

Mapila made several saves, denying striker Stain Davie and Frank Banda on several occasions. The Bankers also hit the post twice through Emanuel Muyira and Stain Davie before extra time.

On the other hand, the Nomads also wasted some scoring opportunities.

The best two chances came to Vincent Nyangulu, who failed to beat Silver goalkeeper Steven Micheta in the second stanza of extra time.

In post-match interview, Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe was happy with the victory.

“The players deserved the victory. Every one worked very well. This is giving us hope that we are going to have a good season,” Yobe said.

On his part, Wanderers Technical Director Eddington Ng’onamo rued missed chances.

“The performance of the players was very good but we did not utilise our chances,” Ng’onamo said.

In an early kick-off, Bullets finished third after beating Civil Service United 2-0, with goals from Yankho Singo and Babatunde Adepoju.

Civil came last after losing both matches by the same score-line.

The team failed to score a goal in two matches.

Nzika Flood Response Team Leader Gift Nankhuni said the event was a success.

Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda and Minister of National Unity Timothy Ntambo watched the matches.

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