A stain Dave brace and a beautiful goal from winger Duncan Nyoni were all Silver Strikers needed to end Kamuzu Barracks five game unbeaten run when the Central Bankers came off 3-0 victors at home in a Super League encounter on Sunday afternoon.
In was a dramatic match which saw both teams reduced to 10 men after Nyoni and KB goalkeeper Lemani Nthala were sent for early showers.
The Bankers started the game on the front foot and were 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes.
Winger Duncan Nyoni opened the scoring in the 5th minute after he was left with acres of space on the edge of the penalty box and the former Simba FC Winger unleashed a thunderbolt which KB goalie Lemahn Nthala could not do anything about but watch as it went past him to kiss the bottom right corner of his net.
4 minutes later Nyoni turned from scorer to provider after some beautiful work on the right before releasing a cross that Nthala failed to deal with in the KB goal and that ball landed on the feet of Stain Dave whose simple task was just to tap in.
The Bankers, fielding an unfamiliar 4-3-3 formation which saw the returning Chawanangwa Kaonga playing in an attacking midfield role continued to pile more pressure but the KB defence re-organised itself and stood firm.
However the Bankers game plan was dealt a blow in the 23rd minute after Kaonga picked a knock and assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe standing in for the absent Daniel Kabwe had to withdraw Kaonga for Uchizi Vunga.
As for KB Coach Charles Kamanga sensed danger and had to act swiftly and withdrew the ineffective Christopher Mtambo for Deus Mkutu in the 28th minute, a substitution that meant that the soldiers now had deployed a 4-3-3 formation but the first half still ended with the Bankers maintaining their 2-0 lead.
Kamuzu Barracks started the second half on a high and substitute Mkutu twice came close to scoring but his final touches let him down.
Moments later Mkutu’s strike partner Zeliat Nkhoma had an opportunity to reduce the arrears but how his effort failed to hit the net.
KB Coach Charles Kamanga then made a double substitution taking out Mattias Nyirenda and Ndaona Daisi for Gregory Nachipo and Sam Gunda but that substitution failed to pay dividends as moments later the Chioko boys were reduced to 10 men after Goalkeeper Lemnahn Nthala was shown the marching after he had handled the ball outside the box.
Substitute Goalkeeper Hastings Banda was called into action with striker Zeliat Nkhoma being sacrificed.
Yobe on the other end made a double substitution himself withdrawing Maxwell Phodo who is yet to score a goal this season for Taonga Chimodzi while Zebron Kalima was replaced by Tatenda Mmbalaka.
The Bankers would however face their own share of referee Chidziwitso Simbi’s no nonsense approach as winger Duncan Nyoni was dismissed for elbowing an opponent.
However there was still some more time for late drama as a defensive mix up between KB left back Horace Mchoma and Goalkeeper Hastings Banda saw Stain Dave benefitting as the ball landed on his feet and his simplest task was just to tap in.
Sunday’s game saw KB fielding 6 former Silver Strikers players as the entire KB back four comprised of players that have played for Silver before.
Right back Mike Ntonyo,Centre halfs Nation Haraz and Herbert Wayekha are all products of the Silver Strikers academy while left back Horace Mchoma is on loan from the central Bankers.
In midfield KB featured Ndaona Daisi and Sam Gunda both of whom were part of the silver strikers galacticos squad that once dominated the local league between 2013-2015.
Elsewhere at Balaka Stadium Blue Eagles missed the chance to restore their two-point lead at the top of the log table after playing out a barren draw with Dedza Dynamos.
The result mean that the Eagles are still on top owing to a superior goal difference but are tied on 26 points with Nyasa Big Bullets having played 10 games each.
At Mpira Stadium, Wakawaka Tigers suffered a 3-1 home defeat to MAFCO FC while TN Stars registered their second league win with a 0-1 away win against Rumphi United.
Blue Eagles can however go three points clear if they win their home match against Civo United on Wednesday, a fixture the Eagles wanted shifted but were rebuffed by SULOM.