TNM Super League leaders Silver Strikers’ coach Dan Kabwe says he is delighted at meeting their target of not losing at home in the first round.
The Central Bankers wrapped up the first round in style on Saturday with a 1-0 win over champions and second-placed Nyasa Big Bullets at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
Bullets and third-placed Civil Service (Civo) United are the other teams that could finish the first-round without a loss at home if they win or avoid defeats against TN Stars and Mighty Wanderers, respectively on Saturday.
In an interview, Kabwe said as a technical panel, they set a target not to lose home games in the first round.
Out of seven home games, Silver won six against Bullets 1-0, Chitipa United 2-1, Kamuzu Barracks 5-1, Moyale FC 5-1, Karonga United 3-1 and TN Stars 4-0. They drew only once against Mighty Tigers 0-0, bagging 19 points out of a possible 21..
“We have honoured our promise of not losing games at home. It’s good achievement. But we know it’s not over. It’s still a marathon with 15 games more to come.
“We will not be comfortable until the last game,” said Kabwe whose side boasts a nine-point lead at the summit, but it could be cut to six if the People Team win against TN Stars.
Silver have 35 points while Bullets have 26.
Bullets drew three times against Blue Eagles 1-1, Red Lions 3-3 and Ntopwa FC 1-1. They beat Moyale 5-1, Mzuzu Warriors 3-0, Civo United 2-1 and Kamuzu Barracks 3-1 to bag 15 points in home fixtures.
Bullets Zimbabwean coach Callisto Pasuwa has vowed to come back stronger in the second round.
“Its too early to count us out. We need to get up and walk again.
“We have a single game to wrap up the first round. We have 15 games to play in the second round and we’ll need to engage an extra gear if we are to defend the league title,” he said.