By NDINAWE SIMPELWE
Warriors 0 Nkana 2
UGLY violent scenes overshadowed Nkana’s vital win away at Kabwe Warriors when the home fans assaulted two visiting fans and littered the pitch with an assortment of missiles, including beer bottles, as former player Idriss Mbombo scored a brace.
Mbombo scored twice to punish his former employers but the home fans could not stomach the defeat and vented their anger on a Nkana fan who was celebrating in front of them.
One of the fans was rushed to the hospital after he was left with a cut to the head while the second one was attacked at the same spot 15 minutes to end after he mockingly danced right in front on the agitated Warriors fans.
The referee was also hit on the guard shin with a water bottle in the dying minutes of the game but brushed it off to see out the match. The incident is sure to go into his match report.
On the pitch Mbombo sunk the hearts of the home fans with a pair of second half goals to end Warriors’ eight-game unbeaten run.
Mbombo netted the first in the 56th minute heading in a Joseph Musonda freekick and the striker completed his brace 59th minute after powering his way into the box with pace to beat an advancing goalkeeper much to the annoyance of the home fans who were booing him earlier.
But Nkana were luck to end the match with 11 men after Given Sinyangwe survived a send off twice in the match.
Sinyangwe, who was the last man in defence brought down a goal bound Emmanuel Okutu but the referee only showed the defender a yellow card and in the second half with Nkana leading 2-0 the defender escaped a second yellow when he committed a similar foul.
Nkana moved to third position with 19 points while Warriors dropped to fifth on 18 points.
Nkwazi 1 Rangers 0
AT Edwin Imboela Stadium, ADRIAN MWANZA writes that coach Chris Kaunda guided his side to another vital victory as Nkwazi beat Nchanga Rangers thanks to a Steward Chikandiwa well struck free kick.
“I am happy that we managed to get the win but we need to continue pushing for more points. We should not become complacent but continue working hard. The players must change their laissez-faire attitude if we are to become title contenders,” he said.
Nkwazi wasted no time as they found the back of the net in the 10th minute when a Chikandiwa free kick beat Rangers keeper Bob Kasia and Davy Kalandanya could have doubled the lead a minute later but his effort went straight at the keeper after some good individual work that saw him dribble past the Rangers defence.
Kalandanya was unlucky in the 26th minute when his header hit the woodwork as keeper Kasia was left rooted. Rangers are on 14th on the log with 11 points.
Rangers coach Evans Sakala was left fuming that the players did not perform according to his plans.
“We conceded a silly goal due to the players bad attitude which was not good at all,” he said.
Napsa 0 Lumwana 0
COACH Elijah Chikwanda said a lot of work needed to be done as Napsa Stars went 10 games without a win after they battled to a barren draw against Lumwana Radiants at Sunset Stadium, reports SANDRA MWILA.
Napsa are yet to win a game in this season and have recorded three draws and seven loses in 10 games.
“A lot of work needs to be done for us to start winning. We need to pick up and psyche the players. The problem is each time we play the players think they have already lost,” Chikwanda said in a post-match interview.
Lumwana coach Zeddy Saileti was content with a point away from home.
“The game was difficult. It was not easy playing a team that is yet to win a game this season. Napsa really wanted a win,” he said.
There was little action to write home about as both teams failed to find the back of the net despite create a handful scoring opportunities.
KYSA 0 Buildcon 1
SUBSTITUTE John Makwata scored in the 73rd minute to break the hearts of Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy (KYSA) who had put up a spirited fight in a match played at the 107 Godfrey “Ucar”Chitalu Stadium.
KYSA were the better side in most parts of the match as Buildcon again failed to live up to their billing in a match that the hosts deserved more than just their performance.
After scoreless first half, KYSA thought they had taken the lead in the 70th minute but the goal was flagged offside and three minutes later Makwata received a through ball from Clifton Mihesu and outpaced a defender to slot in the only goal of the match and hand Buildcon only their second of the season.
The win saw Buildcon move to 15th on the table on 11 points while KYSA who are without a win have three points.
Kitwe 0 Forest 1
KITWE United yesterday extended their winless run to five games after a home loss to Forest Rangers, reports KALUMIANA KALUMIANA at Garden Park Stadium in Kitwe.
The ‘Chingalika’ has been flat since beating Red Arrows 2-1 away in Lusaka on April 14 and subsequently recorded one two defeats and as many draws.
Unpredictable Forest stole the win in the 78th minute through Laurent Muma to get some justice after Damiano Kola’s ninth minute goal was ruled-out for offside against the run of play by referee Milton Mweemba.
But United had chances to get on the score sheet wasted by Austin Muwowo in the 3rd that went over while Rogers Mukenge shot was saved by Daniel Mutshinemu in the 50th minute.
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