Unbeaten Silver Strikers humble Nyasa Big Bullets

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…as Mafco edge past stubborn Wizards

 

Silver Strikers kept their unbeaten start to the Super League season intact with a 2-1 win over struggling Nyasa Big Bullets at Civo Stadium on Sunday afternoon to keep their hopes of winning this year’s championship alive.

The Central Bankers looked the better side in the early exchanges no wonder they opened the scoring just after 8 minutes through Victor Limbani who rose above Maneno Nyoni at the far post before heading past Ernest Kakhobwe in goals for the visitors to send Civo Stadium into a massive celebration.

Moments later, Bullets created their first realistic chance through Diverson Mlozi who forced his way into the hosts’ penalty box only to see his effort well saved by Blessings Kameza in goals for the area 47 based side for  a corner which had no impact at all as the home cleared the danger away from their area.

Bullets then suffered a huge blow when winger Bernard Chimaimba was stretched off due to an injury and he was replaced by Mussa Manyenje.

Silver were lethal, putting the visitors under pressure just before the half hour mark but Mathews Sibale wasn’t clinical enough in front of goals.

Kakhobwe had to rescue Bullets on several occasions with fine saves as the home side played with intent.

At the other end of the pitch, Kameza had some work to do as he kept out a headed effort from Chiukepo Msowoya before an intervention from his defender Mike Robert who cleared the danger away.

In the second half, it was more of Silver than the visitors as the former continued pressing harder in search for more goals to completely burry Bullet’s hopes of coming back into the game.

Limbani was at it again, this time, sending a rocket at Bullets’s goal only to be denied by a Pilirani Zonda’s block.

As expected, the hosts were in complete control of the game, exchanging passes and were able to create spaces which left the visitors in total disarray throughout the half.

However, Msowoya almost levelled the score line when he blasted his effort over the cross bar with the goalkeeper already beaten in the six yard box to the disappointment of the red side of the town.

Mike Mkwate and Muhammad Sulumba came in for Mlozi and Nyoni while Silver brought in Ronald Pangani to try to add some fire power up front.

Bullets played more minutes without registering even a single shot at goal in the half despite having three attackers.

Just when everybody thought the game would end with such a margin, the hosts doubled their lead.

Pangani tapped in from a close range when Bullets’ defence was caught napping in the line of duty to leave all the visiting fans in total disbelief.

The visitors pulled one through Msowoya in a controversial way as spectators thought the ball did not cross the line only to see referee Easter Zimba awarding the goal to Bullets but it was too little too late to snatch something out of the game as Silver Strikers collected maximum points.

The results sees Bullets dropping further to 6th position with 15 points from ten games while the Bankers are on position 9 with 14 points from eight games played so far.

Bullets are experiencing their worst form ever in years as they are yet to register a win away from home in their five attempts.

At Chitowe Stadium, Mafco FC needed a Gift Soko’s first half strike to beat second placed Premier Bet Wizards.

The visitors were coming from a 2-1 victory over unpredictable Dwangwa United on Saturday but Mafco FC had other plans as they scored early in the first half to move up to 7th in the standings with 15 points from ten games.

As for the visitors, they are still second on the log table with 18 points from eleven games.

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