By Sports Reporter –
Warriors 0 Nkana 1 (abandoned)
KABWE Warriors fans yesterday vented their anger by hurling missiles on the pitch in protest at Kamfinsa-based referee Milton Mweemba who disallowed a Josephat Kasusu equaliser against champions Nkana during the MTN-FAZ Premier League Week 22 match played at the Godfrey Chitalu Stadium.
Nkana goalkeeper Charles Mweemba was left with a bruised neck following various missiles that were thrown onto the pitch by fans, who felt hard done by with an 87th minute disallowed goal that was ruled for offside.
With Nkana enjoying a 1-0 lead thanks to a wonder volley by Festus Mbewe off a Claude Bwalya free-kick in the 20th minute, Warriors fans who, of late have enjoyed some good results under Mohammed Fathy, could not digest facing defeat with three minutes remaining.
Players and officials were at the receiving end as missiles from all angles were thrown onto the pitch and police officers, who were outnumbered, had a difficult time to control the unruly fans and had to call for reinforcement.
Back to the match, Mbewe had a golden chance to double his team advantage but could agonisingly shot wide after clearly beating goalkeeper William Chibale while Siloni Jere missed a golden opportunity to level matters for his side.
Nakambala 1 Zanaco 0
In Mazabuka, Junior Zulu scored the only goal that handed Zanaco their fourth league defeat and saw their lead cut by Power, reports JIM FIKOLOMA.
Zulu tapped in a Luka Tembo cross in the 75th minute to secure maximum points for Nakambala who moved to 27 points while midfielder Henry Banda was left ruing a wasted opportunity a minute later after failing to score in an empty net after he was set up by Boyd Mwangelwa.
Power 3 Roan 1
At Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, KALUMIANA KALUMIANA reports that Power crept into second place after a home win over Roan United.
Hero of the day was striker Alex Ngonga who scored a hat trick to leap from five to eight goals this season in just 90 minutes. However, Power came from behind after an edgy first half when Emmanuel Mwaba headed in the ball in the 58th minute for Roan.
Referee Emmanuel Njolo then handed Power a very soft penalty in the 69th minute after Billy Mutale tumbled in the box. Ngonga stepped up to convert the resultant penalty as Roan’s morale slumped.
Ngonga headed in the second in the 72nd minute before beating Stephen Kabwe in the 78th minute following a solo run in the box.
Indeni 1 Napsa 0
Striker Djunese Kanda scored to give Indeni massive three points that rekindled their hopes of surviving relegation after successive defeats that left them third from bottom on the log, reports FRANCINA CHOMBA from Trade Fair Grounds.
And the victory came over fourth placed Napsa Stars who remained stuck on 38 points while Indeni moved to 22 points. With the match seemingly heading for a barren draw, Kanda broke the ice in the 74th minute after powering in Chileshe Kabwe’s cross to snatch a match winner that condemned Napsa to their fourth defeat of the season.
Meanwhile, Nchanga Rangers’ three-match unbeaten run will be tested today when they face a resurgent Green Eagles at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola.
Rangers are enjoying some modest form over the last three weeks in which they have picked up five out of a possible nine points with draws against Power and Red Arrows plus last weekend’s 1-nil away win at National Assembly.
Coach Fighton Simukonda, though, will be without defender George Chilufya and goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata who are both on Chipolopolo.
Rangers face an Eagles side that has won its last two games with victories over Konkola Mine Police in Choma and Indeni away prior to that on August 16.
The two sides are also separated by just one point’s with Eagles in 6th place on 27 points while Nchanga are also a place below their guest.
In the lunchtime kickoff, eighth placed Konkola Blades face second from bottom Mine Police in a Chililabombwe derby at the same venue.