Numba Mumamba is put on death row as Zesco United records the worst ever start of the season since 2004.
Scintillating Zikiru Adams pushed Zesco United into an awkward position after his 68th-minute strike was all Forest Rangers needed to beat their Ndola Nemesis in the derby that lived to it’s billing.
The win took Forest Rangers atop the league table with six points while Zesco were dumped into the drainages. They are packed in the bottom four with only a point from the possible six.
The last time Zikiru featured for Zesco, he was sent on loan to Forest in some controversial ordeal. Despite scoring 6 goals in the nine matches he had played for the Ndola Giants, Zesco still released him.
Prior to his move to Ndola, Zikiru had scored 13 times for Nchanga in his 14 appearances.
The loss for Zesco might just mean a death row sentence for Numba Mumamba who took over a Zesco United that spent big to bounce back to continental football. It was a defeat that put a rope around Mumamba’s neck in readiness for some hung as pressure keep pilling.
Numba took over from George Lwandamina who left on mutual consent and the loss to Forest just brought some harsh reality into short focus: His name just got enlisted among the many coaches who might face the early chop. Manfred Chabinga of Nkana is another candidate.
Elsewhere in the midweek fixtures, Prison Leopards loosened their hold on top of the table dropping to the third position after Power Dymanoes held them in a barren stales mate in Kabwe.
ZANACO was slapped with a reality check in Choma when Anos Tembo’s goal condemned them to a one-nil defeat.
It was bussiness as usual for Red Arrows who beat Kitwe United via a lone goal from veteran James Chamanga.
Nkana continued their rusty start to the season as they posted a barren draw against Lumwana while Green Buffaloes couldnt find inspiration as Indeni held them. It was 0-0 after ninety minutes in Lusaka.