Mwata Day assault ref Mutambo

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 referee’s decision but play resumed after six minutes following the Zambia Schools Sports Association officials’ 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.
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 Simabwacha’s second half strike completed the rout.
Mpika’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.

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