Civil Sporting Club stunned their rivals Silver Strikers after a solid performance at Civo Stadium yesterday in the TNM Super League.
Former Be Forward Wanderers striker Muhammad Sulumba made the difference with a brace to frustrate Silver’s title ambition.
It was a sweet revenge for Civil who lost 2-1 in the first round.
With the win, Civil are sixth on the 16-team log table with 31 points from 20 games 33 points. while Silver are stuck at fifth with
Be Forward Wanderers top the log table on 43 points after a 2-1 win over Mzuni FC away in Mzuzu.
Nyasa Big Bullets are second on 41 points following a 4-1 win against Dwangwa United.
Silver’s top marksman Khuda Muyaba was invisible for long periods as his midfield failed to supply him with good balls.
Junior Chimodzi, Duncan Nyoni, Levison Maganizo and Thuso Paipi failed to spark as Civil led by Blessings Tembo, Henry Msowoya, Innocent Tanganyika and Ibrahim Sadiki reigned supreme.
The hosts went ahead after 22 minutes.
Ibrahim Sadiki’s corner kick was cleared by Silver defender Chisomo Mpachika, but the ball fell in Sulumba’s way to score.
The hosts continued piling pressure on Silver with a passing game, but it took them a while to score the second.
Civil added the second goal five minutes from recess.
Tembo played a great pass to Sulumba who displayed individual brilliance juggling past two Silver defenders to curve the ball past goalkeeper Charles Thom as the hosts run the show.
Silver improved after resumption, but they failed to score.
Silver coach Abbas Makawa admitted his charges played second fiddle.
“We were not composed on the ball and that made our opponents dominant. We improved in the second half, but we were not good enough,” he said.
Civil team manager Gabriel Chirwa said his team deserved to win.
“We were the best team and played aggressively. We had the most chances. Had we been clinical enough the margin could have been bigger. It was a great team performance,” he said in a post-match brief.
At Kamuzu Stadium yesterday Dwangwa United tasted defeat in the second round after five games after a 4-1 loss to Nyasa Big Bullets.
Bullets scored through Hassan Kajoke’s brace, Chiukepo Msowoya and Patrick Phiri while Dwangwa their consolation
Chifuniro Mpinganjira,” he said.—Additional reporting Bobby Kabango