Clash of dynamos ends in 6 goal thriller as LD and Power draw
In what turned out to be the epic match of the weekend, the clash of the Dynamos saw Lusaka Dynamos and Power Dynamos play out to a draw in a six goal thriller.
It was a game of two halves which saw Lusaka Dynamos throw away a two goal first half lead to trail 3 – 2 before sneaking in an equaliser late in injury time.
The first half hour was a see-saw affair of cautiousness from both teams looking to size each other up with Power having a larger portion of the possession during the period.
That all changed when Anthony Abawula’s long throw-in found Chris Mugalu who held his own against veteran Francis Kasonde and headed home in the top corner in the 32nd minute.
The goal changed the wind of momentum as Lusaka Dynamos got into their stride looking to play through the skipper Clatus Chama and in the 45th minute their attempts paid off with Chama getting the better of 3 Power defenders in the box to finish calmly at the near post to double the lead.
At the break Power coach Dan Kabwe opted to change personnel to suit the desperation level the game had gotten to by taking out Larry Bwalya and Luka Lungu to introduce Kennedy Mudenda and Martin Phiri.
The Power half-time team talk seemed to have sparked life into the yellow team as Godfrey Ngwenya found the top right corner from outside the box with a powerful strike to get his team back into the game.
Within the next 30 seconds substitute Phiri found space and fed a through-ball to Fwayo Tembo who was on a run into the box and could make no mistake with just the keeper to beat to restore parity in the 55th minute.
The game was surely on as Lusaka Dynamos kept looking to restore the lead.
Phiri the turned from provider to finisher when he found the back of the net in the 73rd minute of play when he reacted quickly to shoot home a poorly cleared ball in the six yard box after he had put the defender under pressure when dealing with a cross from the right.
After that, the visitors opted to patiently play the ball in midfield while the hosts were launching waves of attacks that eventually kept them on the front foot in the final minute of play.
They got their reward in the 4th minute of injury time when midfielder Godfrey Chibangu met a last minute corner with a thumping header to give the encounter one final twist to end in a 3 all thriller of a draw at the National Heroes Stadium.
Here is how the teams lined up:
Lusaka Dynamos: Monga Ndala, Anthony Abawula, Paul Banda, Lee Addy Eric Kabulu, Godfrey Chibangu, Tresor Kanyinda, Portipher Zulu, Chris Mugalu, Emmanuel Habasimbi (Adubelo Phiri) and Clatus Chama.
Power Dynamos: Joshua Titima, Allan Kamwanga, Mwelwa Sakala, Billy Mutale, Francis Kasonde, Benson Sakala, Larry Bwalya (Kennedy Mudenda), Godfrey Ngwenya, Kelvin Kampamba, Fwayo Tembo and Luka Lungu (Martin Phiri)
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