A first half goal from Binwell Katinji was enough for Silver Strikers to beat struggling MTV Maxi Bullets in the FISD Cup.
The match started slowly as a friendly but the tempo changed suddenly as the teams began asking each other questions.
Max Bullets through former Wanderers players Mapopa Kaunda and Abraham Kamwendo gave pressure to the hosts following their good passing and excellent penetrations into the hosts’ area.
But the Bankers also attacked through Thuso Paipi and Timothy Chitedze who run tirelessly in search for the much needed goals.
It was during the first half when a set pass by former Bullets striker Victor Limbani found Binwell Katinji who converted the chance to make it 1-0 by the end of the first half.
There were no goals in the second half and the game ended 1-0 in favor of Silver Strikers.
Speaking to the media after the match, coach for the victors Lovemore Fazili thanked his players for the well job done.
“My boys performed today, they tried everything possible to make it no wonder by this time we are cerebrating due to their hard work, we are so sure that we will be part of those chasing for the final prize but we thank God for the win today,” Fazili explained.
On his part, coach for Maxi Bullets said he was not pleased with the result.
“This is the same as funeral (ndi Maliro omwe awawa) we are failing to make progress, but our focus will be in the super league,” he said.
In other matches, Azam Tigers have waved goodbye to the newly launched cup after losing to Blue Eagles 2-0 courtesy of Gilbert Chirwa who scored both goals.
In Mzuzu, Moyale Barracks failed to get the better of Epac who are through to the next round of the cup after winning on penalties.