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Silver Strikers accept title challenge

By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Silver Strikers have said they would bank on experience to fulfill their sponsors’ challenge to lift the 2019 TNM Super League title.

The Central Bankers have the Airtel Top 8 on their shelf after beating Karonga United 1-0 in June but their sponsor, Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), has asked for the league title.

In his recent meeting with the players, RBM Governor Dalitso Kabambe told the players to end the Super League title drought.

Kabambe had met with the players to congratulate them for winning the cup.

Silver General Secretary, Lawrence Yobe, said it was important for the team to end its six-year wait for the league title.

“Our sponsors are happy that we won the Airtel Top 8 but want us to do more. The league title is our priority this season and we will fight to the wire. Of course, we will not finish at the summit of the table in the first round but we believe our rivals will drop points in the second round to give us the advantage. We have experienced players who can withstand the heat at the top level,” Yobe said.

He said experience plays a vital role in winning the league title; hence, the need to put seasoned players at the battlefront.

Yobe said the club expected to meet this week to come up with a decision on replacing Lovemore Fazili, who quit as assistant coach to join the Malawi national football team in the same capacity.

The club’s former midfielder, Peter Mgangira, is working as Head Coach Young Chimodzi’s assistant.

However, fulfilling their sponsor’s wish would be a tough task as Silver have lost in the league to Kamuzu Barracks (1- 0), Blue Eagles (2-0) and Nyasa Big Bullets (3-1).

The Central Bankers made history after becoming the only team to lift the Airtel Top 8 twice in three years.

Their failure to lift the title since 2014 has seen Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Kamuzu Barracks sharing the title among themselves in recent years.

Silver finished the first round yesterday with 28 points from 14 games, five behind leaders Wanderers.

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