Some changes after rescheduled week 25 fixtures have Prison Leopards shock Zesco United with an absolute bashing, Nkana keeps rising from the dead, Zanaco slows down and deep dive is Napsa Stars. Here are the updates and news of the Zambia super league week 25.
Ema Emison fluently writes about football especially the Zambian super league and FAZ Eden university national league.
Sensational Zanaco despite starting the game as a favorite they ended up being humbled by Buildcon 4 nil which forced Zanaco exco to sideline Head Coach Chris ‘Mr. Takatiko’ Kaunda for the remainder of the season.
Team Kopala win boost their chances of retaining to continental football after they did so for the first time during the transition season in 2018.
Najeeb Abbas scored the second fastest goal of the season in 0.44 seconds after kick off as the visitors gave headaches to the bankers technical bench.
For Forest Rangers player Gerald Chisha added a second in the 10th minutes assisted by Conlyde Luchanga and the game went to half time with Buildcon leading with a 2 nil scoreline.
In the second stanza, Team Kopala scored another two goals with scored being another former Forest Rangers striker Conlyde ‘Golden Boy’ Luchanga scoring from a Zephaniah Phiri’s cross.
Eight minutes before the final whistle Patrick ‘Dude’ Ngoma wrapped up the win for team Kopala and walk away with three points to end the midweek on fourth position with 46 points from 31 games played.
It’s operation survival for Nkana and they managed to win their third consecutive match having earlier defeated Napsa Stars and Prison Leopards respectively.
In the first half both sides were cautious not to allow goals and defensive kind of play was the major factor as the match went at halftime without any side scoring.
It was in the second stanza when goals started raining with the home side opening the scores in 64th minutes when Felix Bulaya assisted Alidor Kayembe who the lines man misjudged to be on-side despite him being in an offside position.
The goal stood but two minutes later Kalampa replied with an equalizer from Freddy El Soutra Tshimenga to level the matters at 1 – 1.
Alex Ng’onga headed in the winner for Nkana in 88th minutes from a Ronald Kampamba’s assist.
Nkana won the match and leap-froged Napsa Stars in 15th position as they will end the midweek level on points(37) with Indeni only goal difference separating the two sides.
The defeat left Arrows in fifth position and will have to perform better in their last three games if they have to finish in top four.
It was Chintu Kampamba’s first match in charge after Muhammad Fatty was put on administrative leave.
Prince Mumba’s goal was the difference of the two sides as Napsa Stars were handed their third successive loss with the space of seven days.
Warriors move up to Third position with 47 points having played 31 games and their remaining three games will decide their fate of retaining to continental football after 26 years of absence.
They remain to play Prison Leopards, Red Arrows and end the league with a home game against Indeni.
Napsa Stars have give games for them to pick up atleast nine points from the possible fifteen if they have to survive relegation.
A big win for Prison Leopards having lost away to Nkana in their previous match they came out strong on league leaders Zesco United as they handed Numba Mumamba’s side a seventh loss of the season.
Prison Leopards win means they have moved up three places from 13th position to 10th position and need atleast four points to be sure of safety.
Birthday boy David Obash scored a brace one from the spot kick and the other being the thrift and final goal of the match.The second goal goal for Leopards came from Augustine Henneh through a well taken direct free kick.
Zesco United remains on top with eight point lead and the title still remains theirs to lose of which they need four points to be confirmed Champions.