By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
…as Nomads are held in Zomba
After losing 2-nil to Mafco on Saturday in a pre-season friendly match, Big Bullets were humbled again by Silver Strikers on Sunday afternoon in their second pre-season match at Silver Stadium.
The first half ended goalless but Matthews Sibale did the damage in the second half to condemn Bullets to another friendly match defeat within 24 hours.
The Bankers’ new blood were a marvel to watch as they displayed brilliant football to frustrate the visitors who were hoping for a better afternoon only to see their team struggling for form against the hosts.
Bullets had chances midway through the half but forward Aimable Niyikiza was too wasteful in front of goals. At the other end, Tizgowere Kumwenda and Clemment Trota had their efforts well saved by Enerst Kakhobwe in goals for the visitors and after 45 minutes of play, it was goalless.
Bullets’ midfield was below par as Silver’s Levison Maganizo and Mark Fodya outclassed Fischer Kondowe, Davie Ng’ambi and Jimmy Chikulekule. Thuso Paipi, who came in for the injured Kumwenda, was in his best form as he made life miserable for Kondowe and Dalitso Sailesi in the wings of Bullets.
Just when everybody thought the game was heading for a draw, Sibale hammered a final nail on Bullets’s coffin as he scored a stunner that left Kakhobwe dazzling between the sticks, 1-0.
Paipi could have added another goal but Kakhobwe reacted very fast to clear the danger away.
Wasteful, Diverson Mlozi and Niyikiza failed to find the back of the net and after 90 minutes of play, it ended 1-0 in favor of the Bankers.
Silver mentor Lovemore Fazili hailed his charges for the high spirited performance while his opposite number Franco Ndawa conceded defeat but was quick to draw some positives from the defeat.
At Zomba Community Centre Ground, Zomba United and Mighty Wanderers played to a goalless draw in a pre-season friendly match on Sunday afternoon.