By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Silver Strikers survived a scare from Masters Security to book an Airtel Top 8 final berth against Karonga United courtesy of a 1-0 win before a huge crowd at Civo Stadium Sunday.
The Central Bankers have made history by becoming the first team to reach the competition’s final twice since its introduction in 2017.
It was a hard fought victory as Masters produced a good performance in the second-half but were let down by their strikers who missed several chances.
Michael Tetteh was Silver’s hero as he scored the lone goal from close range on the half hour mark.
The Ghanaian benefitted from Masters’ poor defending and controlled a Victor Limbani cross before slotting it home to send Silver fans into ecstasy.
Tetteh partnered Khuda Muyaba upfront but the former Moyale striker was not a real threat.
In the second-half, Masters introduced Zeliat Nkhoma for misfiring Juma Yatina and Sammy Phiri for Amadu Makawa to add firepower upfront.
Silver responded by substituting Duncan Nyoni for Hygiene Mwandepeka as a strategy to defend the goal and it worked.
Masters’ defender Eric Etsigah was named Man-of-the-Match and went away with K50,000.
Abasi Makawa, Masters Coach, said his side was unfortunate to lose after a brilliant second-half.
“We played well but the sad part is that we are out of the cup. We created several chances but were not clinical in front of goal,” Makawa said.
Silver assistant Coach, Lovemore Fazili, praised his charges for making it to the final.
“It was a good performance from the players. They did what was required in such a tough game,” Fazili said.