If you missed anything this past weekend here is everything you need to have seen or heard about the Zambia MTN super league week 31: Nkana’s Lament, Napsa’s Victory, Dynamos endurance, and many more.
Ema Emison fluently writes about football especially the Zambian super league and FAZ Eden university national league.
As the Zambian Super League will be winding up with just three rounds to play and of course a lot of unplayed games will be the key to who would be Champions and who joins Kitwe United into the National League next season.
Let’s get to see how the games panned out and who stands a chance of survival before the league ends at round 34.
Kitwe United 2 – 1 Kabwe Warriors
It was a disappointing result for Kabwe Warriors who before the match were upbeat about maintaining the winning momentum after beating Green Buffaloes two-nil which made them climb to the third position on 44 points.
Little did they know that their opponents were party spoilers and despite being the only confirmed relegated side Kitwe United scored two goals in the space of eight minutes thanks to goals from Kabangwe Mwaba brilliant taken free-kick and a Josephat Kasusu left-footed shot from an Edward Lungu assist to pick up their second win in the current season.
Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba scored the consolation goal for Kabwe Warriors via a penalty buy it wasn’t enough to deny Chingalika a second league win at the very same venue they recorded their first victory against relegated threatened Nkana.
Warriors now remain with four games and will need to win all the games to cement their quest for Continental showpiece which will be historical as the last time they participated was in 1995.
Power Dynamos 1 – 0 Zesco United
What a wonderful Electric derby we witnessed yesterday and it was Godfrey Ngwenya’s volley which was the difference between the two sides as Power Dynamos picked up their first win in nine games to go on the eighth position with 41 points.
Their top four ambition will be crucial as they now remain with three games with two tricky away fixtures to Green Buffaloes and Lusaka Dynamos before winding up at home against Kitwe United.
They need to collect all nine points and hope Kabwe Warriors, Red Arrows, Buildcon, Forest Rangers, and Lusaka Dynamos fail to reach 50 point mark to qualify for CAF.
Red Arrows 3- 0 Forest Rangers
It was a big statement from the airmen as they demolished Forest Rangers with a three-nil bashing to move into their position with 46 points.
They only need 7 points from the possible 12 points and among those 7 should be any win against Kabwe Warriors in week 33 and will seal continental football next season.
Forest Ranger’s performance in the second stanza of the league has been so disappointing and the inconsistency has cost them the top four. Though they remain in the contention that feat has to be archived by winning all the remaining three games and hope Red Arrows, Kabwe Warriors, Lusaka Dynamos and Buildcon don’t put up more points than them.
They face tricky matches with relegation-threatened Indeni and Green Eagles before winding up with a home tie against Nkwazi.
Nkwazi 3- 0 Young Green Eagles
Anyone would tell you that High Flying Nkwazi are now safe after that emphatic win over Young Green Eagles and now only needs one win to be guaranteed of stay as this season it’s so unpredictable seeing how results have been coming out.
Young Green Eagles have a huge task ahead of them as their last three games will be against relegation-bound Nkana in search of a historical comeback. Title contenders Zesco United as well as the elite Lusaka Dynamos know that the only way to end in the top four is by winning all the matches.
Those stadiums will be the key to their survival and have two more games to host needing only one win against Nkana to be safe of not going back to the National League. The other home match will be against Lusaka Dynamos while Zesco United will be a week 33.
Indeni 3 – 4 Napsa Stars
Napsa Stars knew exactly the important of beating Indeni and that is exactly what they did as they only one point short of moving out of red zone and with eight games remaining for the pensioners it’s just a matter of time before they say goodbye to the bottom four.
Indeni now puts themselves under pressure as their last four games will be more crucial for their survival. They have a game in hand against Green Eagles which will be an away fixture before playing a derby against Forest Rangers, an away fixture to Lumwana Radiants, and will conclude the league with a home match against Kabwe Warriors.
All the four teams Indeni will face are fighting for points which will either make them play continental next season or help survive relegation.
Nkana 1-2 Lusaka Dynamos
Nkana’s historical survival was dented by Lusaka Dynamos after losing 2-1 at home and continue languishing second from the bottom with 28 points from 27 games played.
Nkana lost it when they went ten games without a win and during that run, they only collected two points which is now a huge task as they continue to push for a historical comeback.
They now need to win six games from their remaining seven to guarantee them a stay in the super league next season and they better get back to winning ways this coming Wednesday against Napsa Stars at home.
For Lusaka Dynamos their job is known and they need to maintain the winning streak if they are to break in top four.
A big task for Coach Wedson Nyirenda’s side and they need to continue winning with their next fixture being an away fixture to Kitwe United. Other opponents they will face are Zesco United, Green Buffaloes, Power Dynamos, and Young Green Eagles.
Green Buffaloes 1 -1 Zanaco
Zanaco has been a bad traveler this season which has benefited Zesco United a lot and it was expected that today’s away game to Green Buffaloes will be tough.
The bankers needed to win today’s game so as to apply more pressure to Zesco United at the top but sadly it was Moses Phiri who came to the rescue for the bankers as they forced a one-all draw in Lusaka.
Prison Leopards 1-0 Lumwana Radiants
Had they not picked up a win today they would be sleeping in the red zone and that was the case before kick-off seeing that Napsa Stars earlier defeated Indeni to move to 36 points.
The results in Kitwe motivated them and the only way they would escape is by winning against Lumwana Radiants thanks to Junior Zulu’s only goal of the match.
They climb to 12th position with 38 points after playing 29 games and need to win atleast three games to be safe.
Lumwana Radiants’ chances of surviving are becoming slim every match they play and being the only side in the Relegation zone who have played 30 games has become more difficult for them to survive.
They say impossible is nothing in football if only you believe and that’s what the uranium boys will need most in their remaining four games as they will need to collect all 12 points and hope either Indeni, Green Eagles fails to pick up maximum points in their upcoming fixtures.
Green Eagles 1 – 1 Buildcon
Tough season for Tonka twende this one and the Battle to survive remains in their hands after today’s disappointing draw they find themselves being chased by bottom sides and any setbacks in their last five games will mean they will be the ones to take up the place of either Napsa Stars or Nkana should these sides manage to win at least 12 points in their remaining games.
That won’t come easy for the Choma-based side as they will need to get past Forest Rangers, Indeni, Zesco United, Lumwana Radiants as well as Napsa Stars.
This has been the most difficult and unpredictable season so far and more drama is expected to unfold as we wind up the season next month.