Just three days after knocking the Central Bankers out of the inaugural FISD Challenge Cup, Kamuzu Barracks have dented Silver Strikers’ hopes of winning this year’s TNM Super league by beating them 4-2 at Civo Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The win has moved Kamuzu Barracks to top of the standings for the first time this season.
A day before the clash, Kamuzu Barracks had vowed to destroy Silver Strikers and yes, they did it in style as they outclassed the Area 47 based giants who were hoping to bounce back from Sunday’s cup defeat.
A first half brace from Kelvin Hang’anda and a goal each from Mustapha Salimu and Komani Msiska was enough to see the Soldiers climbing to the top of the summit with 46 points, a point above defending league champions Big Bullets.
Six minutes into the half, Hang’anda headed in past Blessings Kameza in goals for the visitors from a set piece, 1-0.
Hang’anda then completed his brace just before the half hour mark when he connected well from a Diouf Simaone’ cross to beat Kameza again who was nowhere near the ball, 2-0.
The Central Bankers responded well as they pulled one back through Thuso Paipi but their comeback dreams were dented on 43rd minute when referee Chidziwitso Simbi awarded the hosts a penalty, which Hang’anda missed, only for Salimu to score from the rebound, 3-1.
This decision angered the visiting fans who threatened to manhandle the officiating panel. Come second half, Blessing Tembo brought some relief to the visitors when he scored Silvers’ second goal.
The Bankers were pushing for the equalizer but lacked the finishing composure in front of goals.
The hosts sealed the victory through Msiska who controlled a pass before releasing a right footed drive to beat Kameza into the back of the net, 4-2. Silver pressed harder as they tried to force something out of the match but the hosts stood firm to claim back to back victories over the Central Bankers.
The result sees Kamuzu Barracks climbing up to position one in the standings with 46 points from 25 games.
As for the bankers, they are still stuck on 5th position with 43 points from 24 games.
Super League midweek fixtures continues on Thursday at Nankhaka Stadium where Blue Eagles will take on Be Forward Wanderers.
Victory for the Cops will see them climb to the top of the summit with 48 points from 25 games.