Lilongwe-based Silver Strikers have dislodged Nyasa Big Bullets from the summit of the TNM Super League table following their 2-1 victory over Karonga United at Karonga Stadium yesterday.
The Bankers now have 23 points from 10 matches, a point above the People’s Team who have played the same number of games.
Victor ‘Vibre’ Limbani and Jack Chiona netted for the Bankers while Sherriff Shamama scored the consolation goal for Karonga. Chiona and Shamama’s goals came from spot-kicks.
Silver team manager Francis Songo was excited to go top of the 16-team league, saying: “We were looking forward to this moment and hopefully we will keep up the momentum.”
At Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe, Blantyre-based Be Forward Wanderers underlined their revival with an emphatic 0-3 win over Blue Eagles to return from their Central Region sojourn with six points.
On Saturday, the Nomads also collected full points after beating Kamuzu Barracks 1-2 in Kasungu.
Following the win, the Nomads have moved up four places to eighth with 14 points from eight games.
Team manager Stevie Madeira said the two victories are proof that they have turned the corner.
“It is not easy to win back-to-back away considering the situation in which we were, it is proof that we are now getting it right.
“Some quarters wrote us off, but we kept believing in ourselves. Credit should go to the players for giving out their best shot and we are not going to sit on our laurels but fight to reach the top three,” he said.
Veteran forward Esau ‘Black Mamba Kanyenda was the toast of the afternoon for the Nomads when he ended his goal drought to strike a brace while the other was an own goal by Pacharo Kumilonde who fired into his own net in an attempt to clear the ball.
Eagles general secretary Ulemu Kalua said they featured a predominantly reserve side as a precaution ahead of this weekend’s Airtel Top 8 final against Nyasa Big Bullets.
“We were afraid that our key players would pick injuries or be booked leading to suspensions,” he said.
In other matches, Masters Security edged Moyale Barracks 1-0 via Juma Yatina’s strike while Azam Tigers and Nchalo United played out a one-all draw.
Cuthbert Sineta scored for Nchalo while Peter Katsonga replied for Tigers.