Hit them when it matters the most! Silver Strikers swept aside Mighty Wanderers 3-0 to progress to the final of FDH Bank Cup at Bingu National Stadium Sunday.
This means Silver will meet Ekwendeni Hammers in the K90 million cup on October 15 at a venue yet to be announced.
From the word go, Silver showed great character, outplaying Nomads in all the departments.
Surely, the Nomads did not come to the party as they were second on the ball throughout the game.
It was sweet revenge for Silver, after they lost to Wanderers 1-0 in a TNM Super League match at Silver Stadium last week.
Man of the match Patrick Macheso opened the floodgates in the 37th minute as he benefitted from Wanderers’ poor defending.
Macheso got to the end of Maxwell Phodo’s pass to slot into an empty net after Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa was already beaten.
Sensing danger, Wanderers Coach Bob Mpinganjira substituted Yinus Sheriff for Peter Cholopi in a bid to add steel to the defence but the change did not matter as Silver continued piling pressure on Wanderers.
The two teams went for recess with Silver having a slender 1-0 advantage.
After recess, Silver continued dominating possession to frustrate Wanderers’ comeback plan.
Blessings Tembo doubled the lead in the 58th minute with a fine strike on the edge of the box before Mark Fodya sealed the victory in added time.
Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe made four changes to the starting line-up that lost 1-0 last week whereas Wanderers Coach Bob Mpinganjira named an unchanged side.
Tawonga Chimodzi replaced his brother Young Chimodzi Junior whereas Nixon Mwase started ahead of Chisomo Mpachika.
Fodya started in place of Innocent Shema whereas Macheso replaced Levison Maganizo.
On his return, Tawonga bossed the midfield with a solid display.
On the other hand, Wanderers midfield comprising Alfred Manyozo, Rafiq Namwera and Vitumbiko Kumwenda struggled.
In a post-match interview, Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe praised his players for the spirited performance.
“Our plan was to attack them from the word go and it worked. We did everything in time and everybody was working hard,” Yobe said.
A visibly disappointed Mpinganjira conceded defeat.
“We were second on the ball and we did not play according to our plan. It was a bad day at the office,” Mpinganjira said.
The winner of FDH Bank Cup will pocket K25 million whereas the runner-up will get K8 million.