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Silver Strikers Youth clinch FMB Under-20

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Silver Strikers Youths defied all odds to clinch their first ever FMB Under-20 championship after seeing off Ntopwa Boys 1-0 at Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday.

Having thrashed Malema FC of Karonga 5-1 in the semi-finals the previous day, the Lilongwe outfit went into this match as strong favourites.

Ronald Pangani scored on the stroke of half-time, tapping in from close range to hand his side the K1 million grand prize.

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The second half failed to produce any goal as Silver held on to their lead.

Three minutes before the final whistle, things got worse for the Blantyre side as Samuel Alufandika was given marching orders for fouling Silver custodian, Charles Ngongonda.

In a post-match interview, Silver Youth Coach, Dave Moya, praised his youngsters, saying they deserved the championship.

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“These boys deserve all the credit because they worked hard for it and what they have achieved is just amazing,” he said.

On the other hand, dejected Coach Enos Chatama of Ntopwa Boys congratulated his opponents.

“They are a good team and I think they deserved it. It is my prayer that they should continue being a good side and I think next time it will be us celebrating,” Chatama said.

Meanwhile, First Merchant Bank’s Head of Government and International Organisation, Patrick Kabambe, vowed that the bank will bounce back early next year with another tournament.

Kabambe could not, however, disclose if the bank will increase the K2 million sponsorship for the league.

“As sponsors, we are happy with the way the tournament progressed starting from the districts to the national finals,” he said.

“So what we will do is to sit down as a company and see the way forward. Hopefully, early next year we will come up with this kind of league again because we know how important it is to develop grassroots football.”

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