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Silver Strikers open 4-point gap

Wanderers leave it late

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NETTED EQUALISER—Babatunde

Revamped Silver Strikers opened a four-point cushion at the summit of the TNM Super League following a 3-0 victory over Ntopwa FC at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre Sunday.

The victory means Silver have 28 points from 12 matches, four points above second-placed Civil Service United.

Silver returned to their Capital City base with six points after a 1-0 victory over Red Lions at Mpira Stadium on Saturday.

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TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets, who defeated Ekwendeni Hammers 1-0 on Saturday, are third with 22 points from 12 matches.

Levison Maganizo, Stain Davie and Maxwell Gasten scored in either half to ensure maximum points for Silver, who are fighting for the first league title since 2013.

The Bankers had a lion’s share of possession against Ntopwa after Mphatso Magaleta was sent for an early shower in the first half.

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Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe was pleased with the results in the Southern Region.

“It was a different game and we prepared well for it, that is why we got the positive result. Our opponents also played an open game, which allowed us to play our usual game,” the Zambian said.

At Nankhaka Stadium, Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju netted in stoppage time to earn Mighty Wanderers a 2-2 draw with Blue Eagles.

Veteran striker Peter Wadabwa gave Wanderers the lead after eight minutes in the first half but Eagles came back a changed side after pep talk as Gaddie Chirwa hammered a brace.

Chirwa, who was named man-of-the-match, scored a beautiful equaliser after he got the better of Francis Mlimbika before firing a powerful shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa.

He completed his brace with another clever finish before Adepoju scored with the last kick of the match.

Eagles Coach Gerald Phiri Senior was frustrated with the result.

“Delaying tactics cost us the match,” he said.

His opposite number Bob Mpinganjira praised his troops for their fighting spirit.

“I am excited with the players for showing great character,” he said.

Wanderers are on position nine on the log table with 17 points from 12 matches whereas Eagles are 13th with 12 points from 13 matches.

The result means Wanderers have failed to win at Nankhaka Stadium since 2017.

Elsewhere, Mafco claimed a 2-1 victory over struggling Mzuzu Warriors at Mzuzu Stadium.

Joseph Donsa scored after 10 minutes in the first half before Zikani Sichinga added the second in the 20th minute but Suzgo Mwakasinga scored the consolation for the home side.

Mafco have moved to position four with 21 points from 13 matches.

Things went from bad to worse for Mighty Tigers after losing 2-1 to Chitipa United at Karonga Ground. Peter Mughogho and Emanuel Muyira scored for the hosts whereas Precious Chipungu netted the consolation for Tigers.

Tigers are stuck in the relegation zone with nine points from 13 matches.

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