Silver Strikers take huge first leg advantage over Bullets in Airtel

By McLloyd Blessings Kudzingo

Capital City giants Silver Strikers will take a massive advantage into
the second leg of the Inaugural Airtel Top 8 quaterfinal after beating
Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0, on the outskirts of Lilongwe
Silver Strikers has taken a major step as they beat the People’s team
at the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) on Saturday afternoon.

A late second half goal from Victor Limbani secured a narrow vital
home victory for the Central Bankers in the first-leg of the
Limbani scored from the rebound after Bullets’ goalkeeper Ernest
Kakhobwe saved a Mark Fodya’s free kick to continue the winless run
for Bullets since the start of the 2017 season.
Silver looked to be in for a bleak afternoon as they struggled in the
opening stages, defending deeply and struggling to find an attacking
outlet.Bullets were exposing the fullbacks with ease as Lovemore
Fazili’s team started nervily, but Brighton Munthali denied Bright
Munthali when the visitors eventually managed to turn that dominance
into a clear-cut chance.
Silver then came in into the game creating a number of scoring
opportunities but both teams failed to find the back of the net until
the end of the first half.

Part of the Silver strikers squad

In the second half, Bullets Coach Nsazurwimo Ramadahn made a number of
changes introducing Muhammad Sulumba, Henry Kabichi and Bernard
Chimaimba for Kondwani
Kumwenda, Mike Mkwate and Divason Mlozi .
The introduction of the three was
unable to inject much sustained attacking impetus to struggling
Bullets as the Central Bankers tried as much as possible to get the
much needed goal and they were rewarded just four minutes before the
final whistle.
After the game Silver Goalkeeper Brighton Munthali was voted man of
the match and walked away with MK 50 ,000.
In Chitowe goals from Dan Katunga and Boy Boy Chima were enough to
give Moyale Barracks a crucial 2 nil away lead against their fellow
soldiers Mafco FC.
Moyale’s Timothy Nyirenda was voted man of the match and earned
himself MK 50,000.
On Sunday, super league champions Kamuzu Barracks hosts Blue Eagles at
Civo Stadium while Be Forward Wanderers plays the resilient Azam
Tigers at Balaka Stadium.
The winner of the MK 66 million Airtel Top 8 Cup will take home MK15 million.