Silver Strikers showed their grit and character as hot championship contenders after outsmarting age-old rivals Civil Sporting Club 2-1 in an explosive TNM Super League match played on August 20 at Civo Stadium.
Silver underlined their credentials through unheralded Kondwani Mwaila who produced the killer punch with the last kick of the match in the 94th minute.
Mwaila, who substituted Duncan Nyoni was the toast of the day for scoring the all important goal which ensured Silver to rise to the top of the league with 32 points while safeguarding their unbeaten league run so far.
Silver set the pace with Mathews Sibale’s goal in the 28th minute against the run of play.
But Civil fought their way back into the game in the second half through Joseph Kachule’s controversial penalty. Civil attacking machinery of Fletcher Bandawe, Righteous Banda, Innocent Tanganyika and Joseph Kachule was a thorn in the flesh of Silver.
Silver Strikers coach Lovemore Fazili could not hide his ecstasy as he confessed his charges played second fiddle to the civil servants.
“They dominated the game but we collected full points. Tough luck to them. We know our target is to win the championship this year,” he said.
While assistant coach for Civil Oscar Kaunda was at pains to accept the loss saying: “The players performed beyond my expectations but luck was not on our side.”
The result also condemned Civil to their first loss in nine games.