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Power shock Zesco, Zanaco held

HONE SIAME reports:
POWER Dynamos yesterday put their title aspirations back on track when they edged Zesco United in a scintillating MTN Super Division Week 21 match at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
Substitute Kobe Chipeta and striker Lottie Phiri contributed a goal each to push Power to 40 points, two behind Zesco.
Leaders Zanaco were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-placed Roan United.
Chipeta, who replaced injured midfielder Kennedy Mudenda in the fourth minute, opened the scoring in the 29th minute when he connected Julius Situmbeko’s well-executed cross from the right wing past goalkeeper Lameck Nyangu.
A minute later, skipper Jackson Mwanza restored parity with a gem of a goal.
Mwanza picked a loose ball from the edge of the box, dribbled defenders Kamuzati Kabwe and Billy Mutale before unleashing a cracker past goalkeeper Joshua Titima.
Phiri could have scored in the 44th minute had it not been for defender Nyambe Mulenga, who cleared the ball on the line with Nyangu beaten.
On restart, Power coach Tenant Chilumba rested injured Richard Kasonde for Emmanuel Chimpinde while his counterpart George Lwandamina introduced Mathews Nkhowani for Nathan Bwalya.
Phiri punished his former club with a thunderbolt in the 65th minute.
Zanaco squandered a chance to open up a four-point lead when they were held by 10-man Roan United at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
Striker Arthur Kaseloki put Roan ahead in the 24th minute when he nodded in Victor Kashitu’s cross in a match the Luanshya outfit played with one-man down in the last 10 minutes after defender Rodgers Kamwandi was sent off.
But striker Moses Phiri levelled on the hour mark through a penalty that was awarded by referee Chiwoyu Sinyangwe after midfielder Collins Nyoka handled.
Roan have 15 points.
Konkola Blades bounced back to winning ways when they beat Indeni at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe.
Humphrey Maseneko scored the solitary goal in the 70th minute.
Blades have 26 points while Indeni have 19.
Patrick Kabamba’s first-half strike was all Nchanga Rangers needed to beat National Assembly in an early kick-off at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka, VICTOR KUMWENDA reports.
Kabamba fired home a volley in the 15th minute connecting a cross from junior international Larry Bwalya.
Bwalya could have doubled the lead in the 65th minute when he lashed his close-range shot wide.
Assembly, who are struggling to rediscover their first-round form, found Rangers goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata equal to the task as he twice denied skipper Timothy Mbewe from close range.
Rangers have 26 points, one better than Assembly.
Napsa Stars came from behind to hold Kabwe Warriors at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka, CECILIA ZULU reports.
Warriors took the lead on 46 minutes when national team striker Josephat Kasusu nodded in a cross from Panji Kalulu.
Napsa were level in the 57th minute when Jean Paul Sematto tapped home after a defensive lapse between goalkeeper William Chibale and defenders Michael Katongo and Kalulu.
Napsa goalkeeper Scot Ngokeni was called to duty in the 67th minute when he stopped Siloni Jere’s close-range shot and Kabeba Mulume fired wide the rebound.
Napsa have 38 points while Warriors are on 26.
Green Eagles scored in either half to beat relegation-threatened Konkola Mine Police at Independence Stadium in Choma, ROBINSON KUNDA reports.
Lineker Mwiikisa and Chansa Katongo contributed a goal apiece for Eagles to move to 27 points, ten better than Police.
At Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Red Arrows and Green Buffaloes battled to a goalless draw.

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