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Silver Strikers reclaim top spot

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It is not over until it is over. Sometimes football can be described as a cruel game.

When most fans thought that the Lilongwe derby was destined for a draw, Silver Strikers scored with the last kick of the match to claim a 2-1 victory over Civil Sporting Club at Civo Stadium Sunday.

For Silver, it was jubilation time after Kondwani Mwaila curled into the net a freekick from the edge of the box to break the hearts of Civil faithful.

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It was a goal from heaven plastered with class. Mwaila, with his right, took it perfectly to send Silver fans into frenzy.

After dominating the game, Civil did not expect it and failed to come to terms with the defeat. Their players shed tears after the final whistle.

The victory means that Silver have displaced Be Forward Wanderers at the top of the log table with 32 points from 14 games, but the Nomads have a game in hand against Mzuni FC.

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Silver and Wanderers will also clash in the last game of the first-round.

Civil have finished the first round on position five with 22 points.

Mathews Sibale grabbed the opener in the first-half in controversial circumstances as he appeared to be in an offside position.

But Joseph Kachule equalised from the spot-kick in the second-half to set up a tense finish.

It was an exciting and entertaining derby that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

Going upfront, Civil looked the most dangerous with Fletcher Bandawe, Raphael Phiri and Innocent Tanganyika causing plenty of problems to Silver defenders. However, Civil were guilty of poor finishing.

On the other hand, Silver should thank goalkeeper Brighton Munthali, who kept his side in the game when he saved Bandawe’s shot in the dying minutes before Mwaila sealed the points for the Central Bankers.

Honestly, Civil were the better side in the game. Kachule and Righteous Banda bossed the midfield with excellent displays.

Visibly delighted Silver Head Coach, Lovemore Fazili, celebrated the victory with his hands held up in the sky.

“They dominated the game but we bagged the full points. Tough luck to them. We know our target is to win the championship this season,” Fazili said.

Civil Assistant coach, Oscar Kaunda, was the most dejected person after the final whistle.

“The players performed beyond my expectations but luck was not on our side,” Kaunda said.

Line-ups :Civil :Tione Tembo, Gomegzani Chirwa, Andrew Banda, Willard Dickson, Lawrence Chazia, Kachule, Patrick Thupi, Banda, Innocent Tanganyika, Raphael Phiri, Bandawe.

Silver : Munthali, Mike Robert, Herbert Wayenkha, Mark Fodya, Trevor Kalema, Young Chimodzi Jnr, Timothy Chitedze, Duncan Nyoni ( Mwaila), Thuso Paipi, Binwell Katinji, Sibale.

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