By Kalumiana Kalumiana at Arthur Davies Stadium –
Power 0-1 Nkwazi
POWER Dynamos coach Kelvin Kaindu described last night’s home defeat to Nkwazi as painful.
The loss came five days after Power escaped with a 0-0 away draw against Lumwana Radiants.
“It is painful and I think it is difficult but if you have a team despite losing that put up a fight like that then you have hope but Nkwazi defended well,” Kaindu said.
The game was Power’s to win but paid the price for wasted opportunities in the opening six minutes when Kelvin Mubanga, Alex Ng’onga and Gampani Lungu were over elaborate with the ball inside the box.
But referee Roderick Ngandu also stirred up controversy throughout the match with some questionable decisions.
The first came in the third minute when he denied Power a penalty after Mubanga was upended in the box.
Power were punished for their wastefulness in the sixth minute when Chipungu Musukuma blasted in a volley from the edge of the area.
Power threw everything at their guest who defended resolutely to collect their second win under Chris Kaunda now in eighth with 14points while their hosts suffered their first home loss now in fourth still with 17.
NCHANGA Rangers left it late to compounded Red Arrows woes when they beat them 2-1in Chingola as pressure mounts on their maligned coach Honor Janza.
Nasha Kaya broke the Arrows hearts when he scored the winner with a minute left on the clock after Arrows had restored parity early in the second half.
Kelvin Chomba put Rangers ahead in the fifth minute and the home side took the advantage to the break.
Arrows Joseph Phiri brought them level in the 68th minute as the rally looked on the cards but Kaya 89th winner was a sucker punch that condemned them to a loss.
The Airmen have one draw and four losses in the last five games and Janza was only served by quick police action after last home game which they drew as supporters have increasingly become frustrated with the results.
Rangers now have 11 points while Arrows have nine.
Lumwana 1-0 Zanaco
LUMWANA Radiants handed Zanaco their second loss of the season when they shocked them 1-0 in Lumwana as bankers struggle continues writes SAMUEL LUKHANDA.
Victor Mubanga solo strike in the 21st minute was all Lumwana needed as they held firm against the bankers onslaught in the second half of this midweek fixture that left their coach Numba Mumamba with plenty to chew on his way to the capital.
Zanaco who flew to Lumwana in the morning for the game are stuck on 13 points while Radiants now with nine points are out of the relegation zone and 15th on the log.
Eagles 2-0 Nakamabala
GREEN Eagles outplayed Nakambala in Choma as Muna Mumbi and Tapson Kaseba scored in either side of the half to push the soaring Eagles to seventh on the log with 14 points.
Nakambala have been inconsistent on the road and it was no surprise that Patrick Phiri boys were again at the wrong end of the result in the Southern Province derby.
Nakambala are still on 12 points.
Dynamos 0-0 Kitwe
Kitwe United coach Stephen Mwansa left Woodlands Stadium a happy man after watching his side claim a share of spoils against big spending Lusaka Dynamos in a game they would have won.
Kitwe United outclased Dynamos who only had one clear chance at goal to underline just how poor Dynamos were on the afternoon.
“We played well though we missed a lot of chances but we are happy a point away from home is better than nothing,” Mwansa said.
And Dynamos coach Dan Kabwe said Kitwe United fought hard and never gave them a chance.
“They came to defend .They had so many bodies packed at the back. We have to improve in our next game,” Kabwe said.
Dynamos had a scare in the 30th minute when Emmanuel Chabula raced with the ball but his shot was cleared by defender Stephen Kabamba.
In the 35 minute Chabula had another opportunity having beaten the defense but again his shot went over the bar.
Dynamos could have won it when Chris Mugalu had a clear chance at goal after benefiting from Clatous Chama cross but his close range shot hit the cross bar to the agony of the supporters.