Silver Strikers blame referee

WELL GUARDED—Silver’s Francis Nyirenda (second right) fights for ball
possession with Civil players

Silver Strikers Assistant Coach MacDonald Yobe was left fuming after the referee awarded Civil Service United what he termed a dubious penalty.

Yobe had no kind words for the referee as his team fought back to earn a 1–1 draw in a TNM Super League match at Civo Stadium on Sunday.

“The referee gave Civil a soft penalty but I am happy that my players worked really hard,” Yobe said.


Bashir Maunde scored from the penalty spot in the 26 minute after Nickson Mwase handled the ball in the 18 yard box but Silver protested that the incident happened outside the box.

In the second half, Chawanangwa Kaonga netted the equaliser to secure a vital point for the Central Bankers.

He converted a penalty after Civil defender Kelvin Kadzinje handled the ball in the box in the 63rd minute.


For the second time this season, the two sides put up a lacklustre show and shared the spoils after a 1–1 draw.

The hosts finished the match with 10 men after John Dambuleni was sent for an early shower for a second yellow card.

Following the draw, Silver are still on position six on the 16-member log table with 27 points from 17 matches whereas Civil are on position nine with 22 points from 18 matches.

Civil Coach Franco Ndawa was satisfied with the result.

“It is a fair result and I am proud with the performance of the players,” Ndawa, whose side also drew 1–1 with Kamuzu Barracks on Wednesday at the same venue, same.

Elsewhere, Mafco continued their impressive run after beating Red Lions 1-0 at Balaka Stadium.

Bernard Chimaimba made the difference after he scored eight minutes into the match.

The Salima-based soldiers are still on position four on the log table with 31 points from 18 points, 17 points behind leaders Nyasa Big Bullets.

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