By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Angry Silver Strikers supporters bayed for players’ blood after a 3-3 draw against Karonga United in a TNM Super League match at Silver Stadium on Saturday.
The Central Bankers gave away the lead three times to share spoils with the visitors, a development which angered the fans who detained the team bus and stopped players from boarding it.
The players remained in the dressing room for over an hour and it took the intervention of officials to calm the situation.
The draw against Karonga came just a week after Silver lost 2-0 to Civil Sporting Club.
The Saturday stalemate left fans frustrated and they demanded answers from the players as well as the Young Chimodzi Senior-led technical panel.
Inside sources indicate that trouble is brewing at Area 47 with the club owing players games bonuses for more than five matches plus monthly upkeep for September.
One of the team’s senior players confirmed that the club owed them.
“We are yet to recieve bonuses for five games, training allowances for two weeks and our September salary,” he said.
Silver Chairperson Peter Chando asked for more time before commenting on the matter.
The draw further reduced Silver’ s title chances as they trail leaders Be Forward Wanderers by 11 points after playing 21 games.
But assistant Coach, Abasi Makawa, who joined from Masters Security, refused to throw in the towel.
“I can understand the fans when they express disappointment with the results. It is sad that results are not coming our way. We failed to defend the goals against Karonga and this is painful. But we will try to push in the title race,” Makawa said.
Silver have struggled to mount a serious title challenge for the past five years despite buying some of the best players on the local market.
Despite their struggles in the TNM Super League, Silver won the Airtel Top 8 after beating Karonga 1-0 in June.
Before the start of the season, Silver bolstered their squad with Sherrif Shamama, Enerst Tambe and Charles Thom.