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Nkana tumble again, Dynamos crank up

NKANA defender Given Sinyangwe tackles Nkwazi striker Steward Chikandiwa (right) during a Super Division Week 13 match at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka yesterday. Nkwazi won 2-1. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

CECILIA ZULU, Edwin Imboela Stadium, Lusaka
NKANA coach Beston Chambeshi lost the second game on the trot since taking charge of the former champions, this time going down to average Nkwazi

The loss comes three days after a painful loss to crosstown arch-rivals Power Dynamos at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe when his lads recorded a facsimile score.
Chambeshi collapsed into lamentations: “It makes me feel bad that from the time I took over, the team has failed to win, it’s painful. We need to work on the defence and frontline.”
But he may find solace in the fact that his most-prized asset, Walter Bwalya, also known as Binene Sabwa across the Kasumbalesa border, found the back of the net in a Week 13 match.
Walter headed in a Simon Bwalya cross in the 38th minute after Nkwazi had taken the lead through Edward Mwamba in the fourth minute.
Mwamba connected Kennedy Lungu’s throw-in.
Nkwazi went in front when striker Justin Shonga nodded in Eric Chomba’s corner on 50 minutes.
Walter, who is being probed by the Immigration Department over his nationality, saw his goal-bound shot blocked by defender Gilbert Tembo in the 40th minute.
Tembo also cleared on the line Austin Muwowo’s shot in the 43rd minute.
Nkwazi goalkeeper Charles Muntanga saved Walter’s shot on 56 minutes.
“My players always put up impressive performances whenever they are playing high-profile teams. The win is a morale booster going in the next match against Zesco United,” Nkwazi coach Albert Mphande said.
Nkwazi have 20 points while Nkana are stuck with 16.
Lumwana Radiants coach Zeddy Saileti started his reign on a losing note to Napsa Stars.
Youremember Banda scored the solitary goal connecting Collins Sikombe’s corner in the 19th minute at Edwin Imboela Stadium.
Three minutes before the goal, Sikombe rattled the crossbar after benefiting from Austin Banda’s pass.
Lumwana’s best chance to equalise was in the 45th minute when Obed Masumbuko blasted the ball into the crossbar.
Lumwana pressed for an equaliser and Simon Nkhata’s shot from a free kick hit the crossbar and the ball rolled out in the 73rd minute.
Lumwana have 15 points.
Lusaka Dynamos dislodged Power Dynamos from the summit of the Super Division log after edging 10-man Green Buffaloes at National Heroes Stadium, SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA reports.
Forward Chris Mugalu’s first-half strike pushed Dynamos to 23 points, one better than Napsa Stars, while Power dropped to third position with 20 points.
Power’s match against Zesco United was postponed because of the latter’s involvement in the Confederation Cup.
Mugalu headed in a Cletus Chama cross on 23 minutes.
Buffaloes’ best chance to equalise was on 64 minutes when Kitwe referee Evans Mulenga awarded the hosts a penalty after Lee Addy hacked Diamond Chikwekwe.
Chikwekwe blasted in the sky.
Buffaloes were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute after Gideon Sichone saw red for elbowing Chama.
Nakambala Leopards rallied to hold Nakambala Leopards at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
Forest took the lead in the fourth minute through Laurent Muma, who nodded in Webster Muzaza’s cross past Nakambala goalkeeper, Reagan Lulendo.
Nakambala striker Ignatius Lwipa beat goalkeeper Jairus Mulenga for the equaliser in the 48th minute.
Midfielder Biuma Kashitu dispossessed Forest skipper Douglas Muwowo and fed Lwipa, who was equal to the task.
Buildcon edged Nchanga Rangers to confine the Chingola side to the relegation zone, MATHEWS KABAMBA reports.
After a goalless first half, Chavda Maisha broke the deadlock with a thunderbolt past goalkeeper Lennon Muma in the 51st minute.
Green Eagles midfielder Mwila Phiri shook the net in the 21st minute to hand Mufulira Wanderers the seventh defeat of the season at Independence Stadium in Choma, JIMMY CHIBUYE reports.
Kabwe Warriors and City of Lusaka both missed a myriad of scoring opportunities at Godfrey Chitalu Stadium, KALUNGA MUSONDA reports.
Red Arrows host Konkola Blades today.

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