LILONGWE--A 66th minute strike by midfielder Harvey Nkacha was enough to lift sleeping giants Silver Strikers from the doldrums as the defending TNM Super League champions defeated Blue Eagles 1-0 in a league match played at the cops’ backyard- Nankhaka Stadium Sunday, July 15, 2012.
This is a direct revenge for the 1-0 home loss suffered by the central bankers at the hands of the Eagles during the Standard Bank Cup re-launch a couple of weeks ago.
Playing before a packed stadium, both sides played entertaining football but it were the cops, who looked more organized in the opening moments. On two occasions the hosts came close to scoring but former Tigers’ goal getter Charles Ngosi failed to take his chances.
When Silver’s turn came, Frank Banda, Chikondi Likwemba and Ndaona Daisi also failed to turn chances into goals.
Came the second half, Silver played with more purpose and were rewarded in the 66th minute, when Nkacha rose high to head home a corner kick by Blessings Tembo.
Eagles tried to come back into the game but even the introduction of experienced Peter Mgangira, formerly of Silver could not save them from defeat.
Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona said the loss was a bitter pill to swallow considering his team was coming from another defeat by Chikhwawa United in the Presidential Cup.
One of Silver’s caretaker coaches Hellings Mwakasungula described the victory as a timely morale booster, following the four back-to-back losses suffered by his team.
With the win, Silver are back on the second position with 15 points from six games while Eagles have dropped to second position from the bottom with five points from five games.
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