MULWANDA LUPIYA, Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
ZESCO 0 FOREST 1
FOREST Rangers yesterday stunned Zesco United in a thrilling Super Division Week 16 match.
The loss left Zesco stuck on 23 points, eight behind leaders Napsa Stars while Forest have moved to 24 points.
Zesco, however, have three games in hand.
Midfielder Green Mumba’s spectacular second-half free kick separated the rivals.
The game started on a fast note with both sides pushing forward for an early opener in a match both teams created numerous chances.
Zesco could have broken the deadlock on the half-hour mark but Simon Silwimba dragged his shot over the crossbar after latching onto a Jesse Were cross.
After conceding, coach Zlatko Krmpotic withdrew Dave Daka, Mwape Mwelwa and Silwimba for Lazarus Kambole, Humphrey Maseneko and Maybin Kalengo respectively as Zesco pushed for an elusive equaliser.
Forest goalkeeper Daniel Mutshimenu denied John Ching’andu in the 75th minute.
Mutshimenu also parried Fackson Kapumbu’s well-struck free kick five minutes before time.
Forest midfielder Patrick Ilongo almost doubled the lead but shot wide in the 88th minute.