By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Two classic first half goals were enough to earn Silver Strikers Capital City bragging rights after beating Civil Sporting Club 2-1 in a TNM Super League match played before a huge crowd at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe Sunday.
This is the third consecutive league loss for Civil this season after going down 6-0 to defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets and 1-0 to Mighty Tigers last month.
Having made a bright start to the season after winning three consecutive games, Civil’s free fall continued and it seems they have lost the plot.
Following the victory, Silver moved to third position on the table with 11 points from six games, just one point behind leaders Tigers, who lost 2-1 to Moyale at Mzuzu Stadium Sunday.
Civil have dropped to position 11 with nine points from six games.
Ghanaian striker Michael Tetteh, who was named Man-of-the-Match, opened the scores nine minutes before recess with a fine strike before Duncan Nyoni added the second in the 43rd minute from a free-kick.
Civil striker Raphael Phiri had a chance to reduce the arrears in the dying minutes of the first half but his shot bounced off the cross bar.
The Civil Servants came into the second half a changed side as they went flat out and pressurised the hosts.
Their hard work paid off as they pulled one back from the penalty spot through Fletcher Bandawe. Civil continued to pile pressure on Silver and created several chances but the elusive equaliser never came.
As the match neared the end, goalkeeper Charles Thom made Silver’s day as he made a reflex save to deny Phiri. It was a tense finish for the hosts as Civil came wave after wave.
Silver Team Manager, Itai Nundwe, commended his charges for playing according to their game-plan.
“We planned well for Civil. We knew that they would come hard on us. We hope to maintain the momentum so that we can achieve something at the end of the season,” Nundwe said.
Civil Coach, Franco Ndawa, was quick to accept defeat, saying his players made some mistakes.
“But it is part of the game. Life has to go on,” Ndawa said.
In Mzuzu, Gastin Simkonda and Wacheta Mwenefumbo scored to help Moyale beat Tigers, with the visitors finding the net through Chikaiko Batison.
Masters Security also had mixed fortunes after they lost 2-1 to Karonga United at Karonga Stadium.
Chrispin Mhango and Mischek Seleman scored for the hosts whereas Amadu Makawa scored the consolation for Masters.
Ntopwa enjoyed their best game of the season at Kamuzu Stadium as they thrashed Dwangwa United 3-0, with goals from Mphatso Magaleta, Josaya Duwa and Levison Makoko