By CECILIA ZULU
CHONGWE 2 MWATA 1
MWATA Day players and officials yesterday assaulted referee Peter Mutambo after losing to Chongwe in the semi-finals of the Copa Coca-Cola National Schools Championship at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
Mwata players led by their coach a Simuvwimi vented their frustration on Mutambo, whom they accused of favouring Chongwe.
Mutambo redcarded two Mwata Day players for unsportsmanship behaviour.
Trouble started on 70 minutes when Mutambo awarded Chongwe a penalty after goalkeeper Nchimunya Hamakala fouled striker Moses Tembo.
Hamakala was red carded and Emmanuel Ngoma converted the spot kick which turned to be a winning goal.
The Mwata technical bench invaded the pitch to protest the refereeâ€™s decision but play resumed after six minutes following the Zambia Schools Sports Association officialsâ€™ intervention.
Mwata scored first through Kester Mwale in the 50th minute before Paul Chilala equalised on 60 minutes.
The Southern Province-based side dominated despite playing with 10 men but crumbled when Brian Mwale was given marching orders for a foul on Chilala.
HIGHRIDGE 3 MPIKA 1
At the same venue, Central Province envoys Highridge kept alive their chances of winning the title when they outclassed Mpika Day of Muchinga Province in a lopsided semi-final encounter.
Highridge opened the scoring through Joseph Phiri in the 20th minute.
Prince Chipota doubled the lead on 23 minutes and Rodwell Simabwachaâ€™s second half strike completed the rout.
Mpikaâ€™s consolation was an own goal by Andrew Lambakasa, who put the ball into his net in an attempt to clear a speculative cross.
Highridge will face Chongwe in the final today.
By CECILIA ZULU