Zambia international midfielder Noah Chivuta yesterday toasted his team, Nakhon Ratchasima’s promotion to the Thai top league as he scored two goals in their 4 – 1 win over bottom placed Sriracha.
Chivuta who has been one of the most consistent campaigners in the Thai Division 1 league and has become a household name in his city said he was happy to have delivered for his team.
“I am just happy to have helped my team win the league,” the experienced midfielder stated.
With two games to play, the win pushed Chivuta’s team to 66 points, 9 points ahead of second placed Saraburi.
In the Israeli league, striker Rogers Kola scored the second for his club Ironi Kiryat Shmona as they beat Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-0.
In other Ligat ha’Al action, Emmanuel Mbola walked straight in the starting line-up for his club Hapoel Ra’anana from national duty but could only help them to a 1 – 1 draw against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Striker Evans Kangwa was an unused substitute for Ra’anana
In the PSL, two of Zambia’s most experienced players Kennedy Mweene and Christopher Katongo faced off when Mameoldi Sundonws drew 0 – 0 against Bidvest Wits.
While the Chipolopolo number 1 started and completed the match, Katongo came in as a late 88th minute substitute but the game had enough added on time for the Zambian striker too make his impact felt.
Mweene did not have much work to do but made two crucial saves in the game, one a reflex save off his foot. Katongo on the other hand showed a lot of experience in helping wind down the clock but was unlucky to see his volley from 35 yards just inch off Mweene’s goal in what would have been a spectacular match winning goal after he had rolled over his marker to shoot from range.
The draw keeps Wits in third position ahead of Sundowns on goal difference.
Collins Mbesuma has also continued to make appearances for Mpumalanga Black Aces as he came on in the 63rd minute to help his club grab an important 3 – 2 away win at Moroka Swallows.
Clifford Mulenga was not named on the bench for Ajax Capetown as they slumped to a 1 – 0 loss at home to Kaizer Chiefs.
Age-less and ever-green Joseph Musonda put in another 90 minute shift for Polokwane City as they went down 5 – 1 to Mukuka Mulenga and Davies Nkausu’s Bloemfontein Celtic.
Nkausu completed the match while Mulenga only lasted 59 minutes and was replaced by Motshegwa who accounted for two goals.
Rock bottom Amazulu failed to pick their first win of the season as they went down 1 – 0 at home to Chippa United in a game Zambian striker Bornwell Mwape played 90 minutes.
In Armenia, young Lubambo Musonda has continued to enjoy game time as his team Ulisses continues to be on course for a UEFA Champions League place.
Ulisses thrashed Gandzascar 7 – 1 to remain firmly on top of the log.
In France, Chipolopolo defender Stoppila Sunzu did not play as he his team Sochaux beat Chateroux 4 – 0 away in ligue 2 action.
Sochaux are currently in 7th position two points away from the last (third position) promotion place and four points behind leaders Dijon who have a game in hand.
In Switzerland, Nathan Sinkala was not in action for Grasshoppers as they went down 3 – 1 to FC Zurich. Sinkala is said to have been down with a fever since his return from international duty.
Grasshoppers who finished second in the league last season are currently wallowing in 8th position having only picked 3 wins in 12 games.
In the DRC, only Kabaso Chongo was named in Patrice Carterons TP Mazembe team that lost 1 – 0 away to Sanga Balende.
Chongo who was not named in the Chipolopolo team that beat Niger 3 – 0 in Ndola in midweek played the entire match but there was no place even on the bench for his compatriots, Jonas Sakuwaha, Given Singuluma and Rainford Kalaba.
Striker, Luka Lungu was unused as he warmed the bench for CS Don Bosco in their 4-0 home victory over AS Bantous.
In China, James Chamanga only made the bench as Liaoning Whowin registered a vital 3 – 1 win over Changchun Yatai which moves them 2 two places away from relegation.
In India, Kondwani Mtonga and Isaac Chansa were both in action for North East United in their 1-1 draw with FC Goa.
Chisamba Lungu saw his side move to a more comfortable 12th position when they won 2 – 0 at home agains Spartak Moscow.
Chisamba coming from straight from international duty having played in the two games against Niger started on the bench and was introduced in the 61st minute.
And as already reported, Emmanuel Mayuka made his season debut for Southampton after coming on in the 80th minute in their 8 – 0 win over Sunderland.