MATHEWS KABAMBA, Nchanga Stadium, Chingola
RANGERS 0 ZANACO 2
STRIKER Adamson Mulao yesterday netted a brace as Zanaco edged Nchanga Rangers in a Super Division rescheduled Week Six match to reduce the gap with leaders Lumwana Radiants to one point.
The win moved Zanaco to second position with 13 points, one behind Lumwana.
“It was important to get three points, I am happy with the result. It is good for the team,” Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba said.
After a goalless first half, the defending champions showed their class.
Mulao headed in Augustine Mulenga’s corner on 51 minutes.
Mulao completed his double with a tap-in from a Taonga Bwembya cross in the 86th minute.
Two minutes later, substitute Saith Sakala had an opportunity to score a third goal, but goalkeeper Pasco Kasonde parried his shot from a penalty.
Kasonde fouled Sakala and referee Milken Mweemba pointed to the spot.
Numba made five changes to the team that featured in Saturday’s goalless draw with Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League group stage match in Alexandria.
Mulao, Timothy Sakala, Kennedy Musonda, Didy Kitumbo and Atram Kwame were in the starting line-up at Nchanga Stadium.
Kasonde parried Zanaco midfielder Augustine Mulenga’s free kick and the defenders thwarted the danger on five minutes.
Rangers replied with Jimmy Nakena making a solo run with the defenders chasing but goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata saved the shot in the 16th minute.
Mweemba showed authority on 24 minutes sending Numba to the stands for arguing with his decision of awarding Rangers a thrown-in.
Wi th Zanaco applying pressure, Musonda’s scorcher hit the upright and Kasonde collected the rebound on 69 minutes.
“It is a bad result, we did not create a lot of chances. We are looking forward to the game against Lumwana,” Rangers coach Bruce Mwape said.
Rangers are stuck in 17th position with five points.