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Silver Strikers have heaped praise on some of their new recruits after a solid performance in the 2-0 victory over Zambian second-tier side Chipata City Council in a friendly at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

It was Silver’s fourth strength-testing match in pre-season and the Central Bankers remain undefeated, having won three games and drawn once.

Team Manager, Francis Songo, said he was impressed with the new players for adapting quickly to the team’s style of play.

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“It is really amazing that the new players are playing well despite being in a new environment. They have confidence, which is giving us hope that, if we continue playing like that, we will do well in the new season,” Songo said.

With the Saturday result, Silver have beaten Chipata twice after a 1-0 win some two weeks ago.

The Bankers forced a barren draw against Zambian MTN Super League side, Nkhwazi FC, in Chipata two weeks ago in one of the four pre-season games they have played so far.

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In one local match, Silver also triumphed 3-2 over newly-promoted TNM Super League side TN Stars.

However, Songo pleaded with his team’s supporters to avoid giving the new recruits too much pressure before the season starts.

“Some of the new players will get even better with time. Last season, we struggled towards the end because some of our players lost form but it will be a different story this season as we are assembling a great team,” he added.

Silver have been featuring several new players such as Mphatso Philimon, Jack Chiona, Zikani Kasambara, Shelton Madimba Banda, Lazarus Nyemera and Prince Phiri.

The team’s former midfielder, Ulanda Kalua, said the performance of the new players is inspiring hope ahead of the new season.

“They are doing really well at the moment. But my advice to them is that they should expect tough competition for places because Silver have so many talented players,” Kalua said.

Last season, Silver won the Airtel Top 8 Cup after beating Be Forward Wanderers 10-9 on post-match penalties at Bingu National Stadium.

The Bankers finished third in the league with 61 points, eight behind champions Wanderers.

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