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Zesco celebrations on hold

GREEN Buffaloes striker Assford Kalosa (left) duels with Nkana defender Joseph Musonda during the Super Division Week 26 match at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka yesterday. Buffaloes won 2-1. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

VICTOR KUMWENDA, Independence Stadium, Choma
ZESCO United’s title celebrations were yesterday put on hold after battling to a 2-2 draw with Green Eagles in a Super Division Week 26 clash.
With Zesco leading in added time, substitute Mwila Phiri fired in a free-kick past goalkeeper Jacob Banda for the teams to share points.
Zesco moved to 60 points, nine better than second-placed Power Dynamos, who beat National Assembly 2-0. Zanaco, on 50 points, could dislodge the Kitwe side if they beat Konkola Blades today.
Zesco made a quick start with midfielder Cletus Chama shaking the net with a thunderbolt after latching onto a Misheck Chaila through-ball in the seventh minute.
Mwape Mwelwa’s volley bounced off the upright in the 10th minute as Zesco pushed forward.
Zesco striker Winston Kalengo beat an offside trap on 26 minutes but shot wide with goalkeeper Aaron Nyirenda to beat.
Eagles levelled in the 44th minute when Mathews Tembo powered in a header from Ashed Mwale’s corner.
Referee Adrian Nkole sent Zesco coach George Lwandamina to the terraces for indecency in the 45th minute. Lwandamina was arguing with first assistant referee Bruno Tembo.
Zesco restored the lead in the 47th minute when Mwelwa pounced on a rebound.
Nyirenda spilled Chama’s shot and Mwelwa tapped in.
A minute later, Mwelwa got injured and was replaced by John Ching’andu and striker Lazarus Kambole also limped off with an injury.
Eagles have 33 points.
Power Dynamos sneaked into second position after edging tail-enders National Assembly at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, MWILA NTAMBI reports.
Defender Benson Sakala and midfielder Larry Bwalya scored a goal apiece for Power to move to 51 points.
Sakala unleashed a cracker from outside the box beating Assembly goalkeeper Sebastian Mwange on 15 minutes.
Bwalya sealed victory in the 45th minute after chipping the ball over the advancing Mwange.
Assembly have 18 points.
The heavens opened and Green Buffaloes went on to overcome Nkana at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka, ALEX NJOVU reports.
Even with the downpour, the stadium was full to capacity and Nkana were the better side in the first half with Walter Bwalya and Diego Tshimenga wasting scoring opportunities.
Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda withdrew ineffective skipper Christopher Katongo in the 31st minute and the former national team star was booed as he left the pitch. He was replaced by Lottie Phiri.
Buffaloes took the lead against the run of play with Stephen Kabamba heading in a Sebastian Mwansa corner on 44 minutes.
Nkana were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute after Felloni Sitonya handled but Bwalya blasted into the sky.
Mwansa doubled the lead in the 56th minute with a clinical finish. Assford Kalosa made a solo run and found the former under-20 national team skipper, who unleashed beating goalkeeper Charles Mweemba.
Jimmy Ndhlovu got Nkana’s consolation in the 80th minute with a cracker beating goalkeeper Davy Kaumbwa.
Buffaloes are fourth with 46 points, 12 better than Nkana.
In a lunch-time kick-off at Woodlands Stadium, Moses Nyambe came from the bench to guide ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers to victory over Napsa Stars, CECILIA ZULU reports.
Nyambe replaced Eric Chibuye on 46 minutes and nine minutes later, he jumped high to head in a Mike Katiba cross.
Napsa’s best chance to grab a point was in the 89th minute when Shadreck Mayemba smashed the ball into the upright after an error by goalkeeper Joshua Manyongo.
Wanderers have 41 points while fourth-from-bottom Napsa are stuck with 24.
A second-half strike by Logic Ching’andu was all Forest Rangers needed to beat Nkwazi at Dola Hill Ground in Ndola, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
Ching’andu unleashed a cracker in the 53rd minute from outside the box hitting the upright before rolling into the net.
Nkwazi had a chance to take a lead but Kalaba Chikwanda’s header off a Kasongo Mwepya corner hit the cross-bar in the 46th minute.
Victory pushed Forest to 30 points, eight behind Nkwazi.
Nakambala Leopards enhanced their chances of surviving relegation when they edged Nchanga Rangers in Mazabuka.
Lameck Banda scored the solitary goal for second-from- bottom Nakambala to move to 23 points, four behind Rangers.

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