Silver wear the FDH inaugural rights

Hammered for the Silverware.  Silver Strikers banked on a goal in each half to beat Ekwendeni Hammers 2 nil and earn control of the inaugural FDH Bank Cup.

Goals from Frank Banda four minutes before recess and Stain Dave after 51 minutes were all that mattered for the Bankers to go in history as the first winners of the cup.

All jovial.

It initially appeared like the bookmarkers were all wrong when Ekwendeni controlled the early exchanges and attacked in the preliminary ten minutes through former Silver forward Mike Tetteh, whose two successful efforts were well saved by Charles Thom in goals for the bankers.

A minute later, Silver scored through Davie but the celebrations were short-lived when lines woman Happiness Mbandambanda flagged offside, a decision that referee Mayamiko Kanjere agreed to.

This sparked a fresh support from the fans but their subsequent attack did not lead into a goal until the 41st minute when an unmarked Banda connected into the net a well taken freekick by Mark Fodya, a lead the central bankers stuck to until halftime.

In the second half, Ekwendeni tried so hard to pull their laces but through experienced players like Tawonga Chimodzi, Blessings Tembo and Zebron Kalima managed to tame any attacks.

The Etson Kadenge side made a couple of second half attempts for parity but Thom kept efforts from Eneya Banda, Brian Banda, Blessings Singini and Clever Kaira under full control.

In the 51st minutes, Silver had a goal to celebrate as a sprinting Davie shot at goal and scored.

Stand up for the champions.

This meant the northern region side had a mountain to climb for the next 30 minutes.

With no shot on target later on, the jubilations had already started dominating the stadium until the full-time whistle.

For Silver deputy coach, Macdonlad Yobe, the win was way over the 25 million package which was at stake and handing Zambian tactician Daniel Kabwe his first trophy.

‘’We needed this win as much to seal out our efforts this year. And that is why we have been attacking throughout but Ekwendeni are equally a good side. This is for our fans and it needed to come at this time’’ he said, amid sparkling celebrations in the stands and on the field.

His counterpart, Kadenge was however full of praise for his charges.

‘’Well, you must have noticed that this has been a great year for this. This is the team that will spring more surprises next time of asking. I’m proud of our team and because Silver created more chances than us, the managed to win. We will rework our shortfalls’’ said Kadenge who has earned a media frenzy that his team is playing in all competitions ‘to enjoy’.

Silver were going into the final after beating Mighty Wanderers, Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks in that order.

On other hand, Ekwendeni saw off regional sides Rumphi United, Mighty Wanderers Reserve and Ntopwa FC.

With the top finish, Strikers received K25 million while Ekwendeni Hammers have received K8 million.

Mighty Wanderers’ lethal forward Vincent Nyanguru has earned K200,000 having finished as top goal scorer for bagging goals four times.

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