K65 Million TNM Super League defending champions Silver strikers maintained they perfect start of the season as they whacked debutants Kamuzu Barracks 4-1 in a one sided affair at the Silver stadium on Sunday to register their fourth straight win in the four assignments they have played so far.
Blessings Tembo put the Bankers ahead through a simple header in the opening minutes when Kamuzu Barracks defender Dave Maonga failed to clear the ball inside the penalty box.
In the 19th minute, Rodrick Gonani netted the second after tearing apart Silver defense before he rounded K.B keeper Victor Nangwale formerly of Tigers to put the ball in an empty net.
K.B struggled to reorganize itself as Silver kept on pilling pressure with great footwork Peter Pindani, Clement Mvula, Dave Moya, Blessings Tembo and Green Harrawa.
This prompted Kamuzu Barracks coach Kenwood Nkhoma to make an early substitution resting Dave Maonga for former Moyale Barracks midfielder World Mkuliwa who nearly scored immediately after being introduced but his first attempt went offtarget.
With only five minutes into the second half, K.B conceded another early goal when Chikondi Likwemba rose high to head in a beautifully curved free kick from Peter Pindani who on Saturday came in as a substitute to register his international debut when Flames beat Chad 2-0 in 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifying match played at Kamuzu Stadium.
Immediately after conceding the third goal, Kamuzu Barracks substituted its goalkeeper Nangwale and replaced him with Masa Ngozo.
K.B pulled one goal back through Yusuf Nanthala but this was not enough as Rodrick Gonani knocked the doors of K.B goal to hit the last nail on K.B’s coffin.
K.B lost a number of scoring opportunity late in the second half when the players appeared to have come back into the game pressurising Silver defense well marshaled by Bernard Namangwiyo, Mustafa Salimu and Lucky Malata.
Dennis Kambewa completely unmarked pressed the ball over the bar inside the sixteen yard box and infront of Silver Strikers goal.
Kelvin Malikebu and World Mkuliwa produced a wonderful performance but was let down by the striking force led by former Moyale striker Dan Ziba who was completely out of form.
The victory delighted Silver head coach Thom Nkolongo who has promised a lot of fireworks.
“I am happy that we have won the match we could have won by a wider margin only that my boys started to underrate K.B deep in the second half. We will continue working hard with our training to maintain our good shape and overcome any team that will stand on our way” Nkolongo told Malawi Voice in an interview after the match.
His counterpart Kenwood Nkhoma blamed his charges for losing concentration and letting in early and silly goals.
“The boys lost concentration which led to conceding early silly goals but we managed to pick up towards the end but time was not on our side. The referee was good though there were some mistakes by the assistant but I hope they talked to each other during the half time break and everything went well” said Nkhoma.
He further assured the fans that the team which he is still building up will pick up and starts performing well.
Elsewhere, in Balaka Mighty Wanderers recovered from their 2-1 loss to Silver last weekend and managed to beat Epac F.C 1-0 courtesy of Divarson Chilemba’s strike.
Civo went down 3-1 to Bullets F.C at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Divarson Mlozi, Heston Munthali and Douglas Chirambo scored for Bullets while Welani Nyirenda scored Civo’s consolation from the spot.
In Mzuzu, Moyale Barracks through goals from Cliford Fukizi and Sandress Munthali registered their first win of the season beating Salima based soldiers Mafco F.C 2-0.
Blantyre United suffered a 4-2 shock defeat in the hands of debutants Bvumbwe Research.
A round up of results:
Silver 4 Kamuzu Barracks 1
Might Wanderers 1 Epac 0
Bullets 3 Civo1
Moyale 2 Mafco 0
Red Lions 3 Tigers 1
Blantyer United 2 Bvumbwe Researches 4.