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Zesco dislodge Napsa

POWER Dynamos defender Govenda Simwala (foreground) blocks Napsa Stars striker Austin Banda during a Super Division Week 21 match at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka yesterday. Power won 3-2. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola
ZESCO United yesterday shot to the summit of the MTN Super Division log after Napsa Stars los t to Power Dynamos in a Week Five match.
Zesco edged Nakambala Leopards 2-0 in Ndola to move to 38 points, one better than Napsa, who lost 3-2 to Power.

Third-placed Power have 36 points at par with Green Buffaloes, who edged Konkola Blades 1-0 at Edwin Imboela Stadium.

It is the first time that Zesco are leading the table this season.
Striker Jesse Were’s first-half penalty and Kondwani Mtonga’s header were enough to dislodge Napsa from the summit.
Referee Evans Malata awarded Zesco a penalty in the 14th minute after defender Ben Maleka hacked John Ching’andu.
Were easily converted sending goalkeeper Reagan Lulendo the wrong way.
Mtonga doubled the lead on 86 minutes nodding in a Fackson Kapumbu corner.
Nakambala have 23 points.
10-man Power beat Napsa in an early kick-off at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka, CECILIA ZULU reports.
Alex Ng’onga opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game after thatching into Kelvin Kampamba’s pass and Napsa levelled through Simon Nkhata in the 34th minute capitalising on a defensive lapse.
Benson Sakala put Power ahead in the 43rd minute beating Napsa goalkeeper Philip Banda with a clinical close-range volley finish.
Power suffered a setback after Govender Simwala was shown a red card for a second bookable offence in the 74th minute.
Substitute Godfrey Ngwenya netted the winner from the spot five minutes before time after Alex Mwamba elbowed Ng’onga.
City of Lusaka and Mufulira Wanderers battled to a draw in a thrilling match at Woodlands Stadium.
Nchimunya Masuwa stunned Wanderers on 41 minutes after benefitting from Edward Tembo to fire a low shot past goalkeeper Edson Phiri.
Wanderers skipper Rahim Osman equalised after nodding in a Crispin Sakulanda corner in the 45th minute.
Tembo netted City’s second a minute after the break after combining with Masuwa.
But Osman restored parity in the 75th minute when the Ghanaian took advantage of miscommunication between Jean Paul Semaho and Masiwa to complete his brace.
Buffaloes registered their 10th win when they beat Blades at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka, SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA reports.
Friday Samu netted four minutes into the game.
Goalkeeper Kelvin Pemba spilled Lottie Phiri’s shot and Samu fired into the net to hand Blades their 11th defeat.
Nchanga Rangers came from behind to hold Nkana in a pulsating encounter in Kitwe, MATHEWS KABAMBA reports.
Defender Diego Apanene put Nkana in the lead from the spot on the hour mark after Alison Kaonga hacked substitute Bonwell Mwape.
Benson Nzuma fired home a close-range shot capitalising on Nkana goalkeeper Moses Mapulanga’s poor clearance in the 80th minute.
Nkana are on 32 points while Ranger have 19.
Josephat Kasusu rescued Lumwana Radiants when he levelled on the half-hour mark against Red Arrows in North- Western Province.
Arrows took the lead through Charles Siyingwa two minutes into the game but Kasusu’s late stunner ensured the teams shared spoils.
Lumwana moved to 31 points, five clear of Arrows.
Real Nakonde overcame Forest Rangers to record their second win of the season at New Stadium in Nakonde.
Nakonde scored the solitary goal through Juma Simbeye in the 55th minute to collect maximum points.
Forest have 28 points, 18 better than Nakonde.



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