Money follows money! Silver strike K25 million FDH gold

Silver Strikers

Silver Strikers showed Ekwendeni Hammers the real meaning of being giants in the game of football whacking them 2-0 in the final match of the FDH Bank Cup barely a week after another victory in the Super League.

Frank Banda's header at 40 minutes, and Stain Davie's 51 minute strike were enough to ensure the Central Bankers laid their hands on the K25 million prize money for the inaugural FDH Bank Cup.  

Both teams started on a high, but the Northern Region side lost touch along the way allowing the Bankers to takeover using their vast experience.

Silver Strikers assistant coach, McDonald Yobe had nothing much to say, apart from commending his players for the effort.

"We just had to do this for the supporters. Thank your for the support!" he said.

The losing side, coach Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa blamed lack of experience to have cost the team.

The FDH champions
Hail the champions!

"We had a good match, our friends are experienced and it worked for them. We created chances in the first minutes but experience played a big part to our loss, apart from Harry (Nyirenda). Most of these are kids that needs more grooming," Mwafulirwa said. 

Representing sponsors, FDH Bank Marketing Manager, Ronald Chimchere said they are impressed with the competition especially after giving a platform to regional teams that reached as far as the semifinals.

"The whole tournament has been good in several ways. Our goal as FDH has been to see football grow in Malawi. At the end of the day it is not only football that has grown, we have seen alot of people who have benefited from this cup, business people, administrators, therefore we are proud to have contributed to the economy of this country," he said.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) as administrators of the Cup said they are proud to have run the successful competition amid the COVID-19 challenges. 

FAM director of competitions and communication, Gomezgani Zakazaka said although they met some blocks along the way, but they managed to navigate through.

FDH Bank Cup
Part of action between the two sides- pictures courtesy of social media, and Silver Strikers 

As runners-up, Ekwendeni take home K8 million.

Zebron Kalima was named the Man-of-the-match.

The bank gave semifinalists K2 million each, while quarterfinalist pocketed K1 million each.

Along the way, regional teams also got K500,000 and jerseys for qualifying to the national stage.

FDH Bank pumps in K90 million for the Cup, making it the most expensive national cup in Malawi. 

Full squads

Silver Strikers

Goalkeeper: Charles Thom

Defenders: Mike Roberts, Nixon Mwase, Maxwell Paipi, Mark Fodya

Midfielders: Blessings Tembo, Taonga Chimodzi, Patrick Macheso, Zebron Kalima

Strikers: Stain Dave, Frank Banda.

 

Ekwendeni Hammers

Goalkeeper: Chancy Mtete

Defenders: Emmanuel Kaunga, Jimmy Msiska, Mustafa Maulana, Harry Nyirenda (C).

Midfielders: Eneya Banda, Sammy Phiri, Blessings Singini, Michael Tetteh.

Strikers: Brian Phiri, Clever Kaira