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Zanaco, Zesco sneak into top four

Zanaco, Zesco sneak into top four

MTN FAZ Super League champions Zanaco moved up to third on the standings following a 2-0 victory over Kabwe Warriors in a week 14 match played at the National Heroes Stadium on Sunday.

Boyd Musonda gave them the lead on 40 minutes with a ferocious effort at the top of the box and goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata increased their advantage on the stroke of half time, when he converted a penalty on the stroke of half time.

The bankers finished the match with nine men after Augustine Mulenga and Chongo Chirwa were sent off in the second half. Mulenga was given a straight red card for retaliation on Alfred Chirwa in the 64th minute while Chirwa was sent off for two bookable offences after he received yellow cards in the 28th and 81st minutes.

Goalkeeper Lawrence Mulenga was lucky not to be sent off, escaping with a yellow card and conceding a penalty in the process for unsporting behaviour, when he was spotted intentionally poking the ball into the face of Zanaco forward Adamson Mulawo just before half time.

The victory pushed Zanaco to 22 points, level with Zesco United in fourth and Green Buffaloes in fifth, who defeated Nkwazi and Power Dynamos, 2-0 and 1-0 respectively. Jesse Were and John Ching’andu scored for Krmpotic’s men while a 78th minute goal by Brian Mwila halted a 16-match unbeaten run for Power Dynamos.

There was no change in the top two positions following victories by both Lusaka Dynamos and Napsa Stars.

Chris Mugalu scored twice and Eric Kabulu contributed the third goal as Dynamos defeated hosts City of Lusaka 3-2 at the Woodlands Stadium on Saturday while Napsa Stars came from a goal down to defeat Mufulira Wanderers 2-1 thanks to a Collins Sikombe brace on Sunday.

There were also a victory for Nkana, who needed a 69th minute goal by Ronald Kampamba to defeat Buildcon 1-0 at Nkana Stadium on Saturday.

And a goal apiece from Simon Nkhata, Obed Masumbuko and Chanda Mushili handed Zeddy Saileti his first victory in charge of Lumwana Radiants as they saw off the challenge of bottom side Real Nakonde.

And Aggrey Chiyangi’s first match in charge of Green Eagles ended in a 1-1 draw after his side gave away a 1-0 half time lead at Konkola Blades. Venecious Mapande had opened the scoring on 30 minutes but John Sikaumbwe equalized in the 65th minute.

In Chingola, Nchanga Rangers and Forest Rangers shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, after Logic Ching’andu equalized from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute to cancel out a Zikiru Adams’ 47th minute opener.

In Mazabuka it was the hosts Nakambala Leopards who came from behind to draw 1-1 with Red Arrows, with Lameck Silwaba equalizing a minute into the second half after Francis Kombe had given the visitors the lead on two minutes.

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