Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets registered victories in their respective TNM Super League matches Monday.
The Central Bankers reclaimed top spot after beating TN Stars 4-0 at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe whereas Bullets earned a hard-fought 2- 0 victory over Mighty Tigers at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.
The win has pushed Silver to the top spot displacing capital city rivals Civil Service United with 22 points from 10 matches whereas the People’s Team has moved to position five with 18 points from nine matches.
Maxwell Gasten scored his second hat-trick of the season to take his tally to eight whereas Stain Davie completed the rout midway through the second half.
Gasten opened the floodgates after 26 minutes with a header when he received a cross from Duncan Nyoni.
Ten minutes later, Gasten increased the lead with probably one of the goals of the season. He controlled Davie’s pass before curling the ball into the top corner, beating Stars’ goalkeeper Blackson Kotei. It was a beauty.
Gasten was not done yet as he grabbed his hat-trick with a left foot shot at the dot of the first half.
In the second half, Stars showed resilience but it was too late.
Davie haunted his former club when he hammered the last nail on Stars’ coffin midway through the second half. It was game over. Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe said, despite winning, his charges took time to settle down.
“We have lost a bit of touch due to the break but I am sure that the players will be in shape after playing more games. In terms of fitness, we were better than our opponents. We are taking each game seriously and we are not looking at the log table yet,” said the Zambian mentor.
But Stars Coach Joseph Malizani said his troops gave Silver too much respect.
“We dominated the match in the opening 20 minutes but we lost concentration,” he added.
At Mpira Stadium in Blantyre, Bullets won a second consecutive match with goals from Yamikani Fodya and substitute Zicco Nkanda.
Bullets made five changes to the side that beat Mzuzu Warriors 3-0 on Saturday. Although, they were not at their best, Bullets collected maximum points against a tough Tigers side.
Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa was pleased with the victory.
“We started slowly and we needed to change our approach to the game. But the good thing is that we did not concede,” he said.
The Zimbabwean is hoping to win his third TNM Super League title this season.