Silver Strikers football club has been crowned champions of the 2019 Airtel top 8 cup after a 1-0 hard fought win over Karonga United at the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) on Saturday afternoon.
Silver Strikers dominated play from kick off up to the 28th minute of the match as they played the ball in Karonga’s half with Duncan Nyoni, Thuso Paipi, Khuda Muyawa and Michael Teteh displaying good passes but the visitors defense mopped up every possed danger.
After the half hour mark Karonga United came out of its shell and started attacking the central bankers but their strikers Lupakisyo Mwalukazinga and Khumbo Msowoya had their shorts saved by Silver’s goalkeeper Brighton Munthali.
With Karonga commiting more players into attacking positions , the central bankers started to play counter attacking football which payed off in the 43rd minute when Khuda Muyawa sneaked through Karonga’s defence to put home a Thuso Paipi pass to lead 1-0 at half time.
In the second half Karonga United continued attacking Silver’s goal wave after wave in search of an equaliser but Silver defense lead by Yunis Sheriff was well disciplined to denie them a goal.
Both sides made changes with Karonga United bringing in Bernard Msiska for Gule Mwaluska while the central bankers pulled out Thuso Paipi and Levison Maganizo for Kondwani Mwaila and Victor Limbani but no other goal was seen for Silver to defeat Karonga 1-0.
After the match Silver Strikers coach Lovemore Fazili said
“It was easy as the journey was tough considering where we are coming from but am happy we have won the cup and I commend Karonga United for they gave us a good run of the finals.
Dan Dzimkambani coach for Karonga United said
“It is for the first time for us to play in a big final and the boys fought hard for it but we were just unluck”.
Silver Strikers has pocketed k16 million for being champions and have made history for winning the cup twice in its three years as they also won in in its inaugural year in 2017 when they defeated Be Forward Wanderers.