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‘Mighty’ emptied from Cup

ZESCO United striker Jackson Mwanza (left) vies with Mufulira Wanderers’ Malama Chisopa during the Barclays Cup quarter-final match at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka yesterday. Zesco won 2-0. - Picture by JEAN MANDELA.

CAPTION: ZESCO United striker Jackson Mwanza (left) vies with Mufulira Wanderers’ Malama Chisopa during the Barclays Cup quarter-final match at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka yesterday. Zesco won 2-0. – Picture by JEAN MANDELA.
‘Mighty’ emptied from Cup
ROBINSON KUNDA and CECILIA ZULU report:
ZESCO 2 WANDERERS 0
ZESCO United yesterday stayed on course for the fourth Barclays Cup title when they beat legendary cup fighters ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers in a lunch-time quarter-final at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium.
In the other quarter-final, at the same venue, Napsa Stars edged Division One (South) Lusaka Dynamos to complete the misery of lower division teams.
This means all the four semi-finalists will be Super Division outfits.
Cletus Chama and skipper Jackson Mwanza scored in the first half to ensure Wanderers’ hopes of winning the 41st title were thwarted.
Wanderers started the game on a fast note with Taonga Bwembya and Lumbini Muwowo giving the Zesco defence marshalled by international Nyambe Mulenga a torrid time.
The Division One (North) side continued piling pressure and could have taken the lead on 17 minutes when Jacob Ngulube’s pass found Frank Chibuye unmarked in the box but the striker fired wide with goalkeeper Jacob Banda at his mercy.
Four minutes later, Zesco showed Wanderers how to score when Cletus Chama beat goalkeeper Daniel Phiri after pouncing on a Bernard Mapili cross.
Despite conceding, Wanderers never stopped attacking and could have levelled in the 37th minute when Brian ‘Adebayor’ Ambungeni Mungeni unleashed a scorcher from outside the box but goalkeeper Banda parried the ball for a corner, which was wasted.
Mwanza put the match beyond reach when he rounded up goalkeeper Phiri and slotted the ball into an empty net on 45 minutes. Maybin Mwaba provided the pass.
With hundreds of fans on their side, Wanderers started the second half with vigour but Zesco were tactically disciplined and kept the opponents at bay.
“We played well but individual errors cost us victory. We are not worried because our future is bright,” Wanderers coach Manfred Chabinga said.
His counterpart, George Lwandamina, said: “This win is very important for us but Wanderers also played well. I have a soft heart for Wanderers but of course my loyalty is to my employers and I am happy.”
Lwandamina is a former Wanderers player.
NAPSA 1 DYNAMOS 0
A second-half goal by Jean- Paul Simaho was all Napsa needed to edge stubborn Lusaka Dynamos.
Dynamos dominated play and stretched Napsa but were blunt at goal for the first half to end goalless.
Napsa re-organised after the break and it was surprising when Simaho scored with a low shot after benefiting from a Donwell Yobe pass on 66 minutes.
Dynamos’ Chellah Siame saw his thunderbolt hit the cross-bar in the 75th minute.
Siame, who was a menace to Napsa defenders, grazed the cross-bar with a volley on 80 minutes.
“I am very disappointed with the result because we played well and created a lot of chances. We deserved to win this match,” Dynamos coach Perry Mutapa said.
Napsa coach Hector Chilombo said: “It was a tough match but I am happy that we have won. Dynamos played well also.”


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