By ADRIAN MWANZA At Edwin Imboela Stadium –
Buffaloes 1 Assembly 0
GREEN Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda said yesterday’s win gave his side morale to fight for the MTN-FAZ Super League title after the ‘soldiers’ moved within one point of leaders Zesco United following the narrow win over National Assembly.
“I am happy with the win because it would motivate us to fight for the title. We fought from the start and managed to contain Assembly who were determined to beat us,” he said.
Diamond Chikwekwe scored the all important goal in the 61st minute and to push Buffaloes up to 21 points while Assembly remained stuck on 11 points.
Assembly coach Oswald Mutapa Jr said his team wasted good scoring chances and got punished for it.
Assembly came close to taking the lead in the 20th minute through Luka Chamanga but shot wide at goal while Buffaloes first real attempt on goal came in the 44th minute but a Chikwekwe chip over keeper Langson Chisi was cleared off the line by Henry Besa.
The visitors then got punished for their failures upfront by Chikwekwe who benefited from rebound after Chisi spilled a Friday Samu shot allowing the striker to calmly slot the ball into the goal.
Chikwekwe almost doubled his side’s lead but his header just went over the bar in the 88th minute.
Zanaco 1 Power 1
AT Sunset Stadium, SANDRA MWILA reports that Zanaco assistant coach Dabid Chilufya was left fuming after referee Wisdom Chewe denied his side what looked like two clear goals as Power Dynamos coach Kelvin Kaindu rued wasted points.
Power took the lead in the 23rd minute through Larry Bwalya who shot from outside the box after getting past Ziyo Tembo and Chongo Chirwa.
But Zanaco equalised two minutes later through Bernard Ofori who finished off with a shot inside the box from Charles Zulu cross.
The bankers were then denied a goal in the 42 minute when Chewe blew for offside after Zulu finished off a Boyd Musonda pass before again the referee refused Zanaco another goal in the 52nd minute.
Boyd Musonda’s shot was punched by Joshua Titima and landed in Musa Souleyman’s path and he connected the ball but it was disallowed for offside.
Power ended the game with a man down after defender White Mwanambaba was sent off for a second bookable offence almost at fulltime.
Chilufya, who was in-charge of the match in the absence of head coach Numba Mumamba, described the officiating of the game as poor.
“I have never seen such kind of officiating and if we continue like this we are not going anywhere. Those were clear goals. We were supposed to carry three points,” Chilufya lamented in a post-match interview.
Kaindu said it was unfortunate that his side lost points after scoring a beautiful goal.
“Coming into this game we had not scored in two games and when we score a beautiful goal we thought we would carry the day but the defence let us down,” Kaindu said.
Nakambala 0 Dynamos 0
LUSAKA Dynamos ended Nakambala Leopards home winning streak when they played to a barren draw, reports JIM FIKOLOMA from Nakambala Stadium.
The home side had the first clear chance in the fourth minute through Moses Siyanda who intercepted a weak clearance by Paul Banda but Mugabi Yasine pulled off a great save.
Five minutes later Chris Mugalu collected a searching ball on the edge of the box but his volley hit the woodwork but Nakambala cranked up pressure through Junior Zulu who ran ragged the visitors’ defence but his effort went to the perfect height of Yasine on 27 the minute.
Nyimbiri was denied a clincher 10 minutes before the break when his fine header off Felix Bulaya’s cross was stopped by Yasine.
Mugalu found himself unmarked in the penalty area but took long to turn as the ball was swept off his feet by George Mutanda in the 79th the minute before Dynamos suffered a setback when Erick Kabulo was sent off by Stanley Hachiwa for suspected bad language.
Gift Sakuwa was unfortunate to see his well struck free outside the 18 yard hit the upright and left Yesine sprawled on the ground in the stoppage time. Dynamos moved to 16 points while Nakambala are on 13 points.
Arrows 0 Eagles 0
AT Nkoloma Stadium, pressure continued to mount as Honour Janza coach Red Arrows fluffed at home against Green Eagles to remain in the relegation waters on 10 points while the Choma based side went to 15 points.