Silver Strikers finish league half 9 points clear

Silver Strikers Vs Bullets FC

The journey to the target of winning the TNM Super League title seems to be shaping up well for Silver Strikers as they have finished the first round nine points clear of second-placed Nyasa Big Bullets.

High-flying Maxwell Gasten handed the Bankers a well-deserved victory on the dot of regulation time when the two sides met at Silver Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts dominated part of the match, giving hope to the fans that they would carry the day, but as the time was ticking towards the end of the match, the hopes faded and people started preparing for a draw.

Little did they know that Gasten had other plans when seconds before the final whistle he made his intentions known to everyone.

Perhaps Gasten knew that there was a lot at stake for the two sides, besides the league positions.

The Bankers last beat Bullets in 2017, and may be now are returning into the giants that people used to know, courtesy of Zambian tactician, Daniel Kabwe.

This was Kabwe's first match against Bullets in his debut season in Malawi.

Unlike his counterpart, Kalisto Pasuwa who is conversant with Malawi's league and is defending it, Kabwe is new to the playing styles by different teams in the league.

With 35 points, the Bankers have finished their firsts round games, but the gap may be reduced from nine depending on the outcome of the matches between Bullets and TN Stars, and Civo versus Ekwendeni Hammers.

Bullets have only that game remaining, while Civo, third on the log table remains with two, starting from the Ekwendeni one on Sunday.

During post-match interviews, Kabwe said he was impressed with how the players performed, but ruled out comfortability for finishing at the top of the table.

"Yes we are on top, but that does not mean we are comfortable. We still have 15 more games to play. Otherwise, I happy with the way the players played. I always say that the win is for the players themselves and the executive, my job is to ensure they are playing according to my instruction and produce results," he said.

Pasuwa conceded defeat, saying the boys lacked confidence.

"We lacked confidence, our midfield was not good. So going forward, we will have to work on these things to ensure we win the next last game. Otherwise, there is still the other half where we believe we can do better and make the improvements," he said. 

Silver Vs NBB
Part of action- photos courtesy of NBB & Silver pages 

Other games on Saturday involved Kamuzu Barracks defeating fellow soldiers, MAFCO 4-0, while Blue Eagles were given three points and two goals from the table after Ekwendeni Hammers forgot cards in Mzuzu.

The game did not take place despite the two sides availing themselves at Nankhaka Stadium