Kitwe turns yellow on Chambeshi’s return as unbeaten Dinamo go top
No fairy-tale third coming for “Quicksilver” Bestone Chambeshi as a Martin Phiri double condemned Nkana to a 1-2 loss to Power Dynamos.
Nkana, in Chambeshi’s first match after taking over from Zeddy Saileti who is now Lumwana Radiants coach, started off like a house on full before a near capacity crowd at Nkana Stadium.
But the best chances fell to Power in quick succession. At the centre of the two was the revitalised Fwayo Tembo.
First the Zambia international broke loose on the right and whipped a wicked cross in the area but Phiri could not get to the end of it.
Then Tembo tore three Nkana defenders to shreds but hit a tame shot straight at Kelvin Malunga.
Chibwe started ahead of Joshua Titima despite returning to Kitwe only a few days ago after helping Zambia to a 2-1 win over South Africa at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.
But there was no chance for the goalkeeper who was voted man-of-the match on 19 minutes when he was beaten by a fiercely struck shot by Shadreck Musonda.
The ball was laid in the path of Musonda by Tembo rather fortuitously. The crisp shot off the edge of the box had nothing to do with Lady Luck. It was well taken.
It was a dream start for Chambeshi. The homecoming party was stopped in its tracks with three minutes from the half-time.
Tembo nutmegged Given Sinyangwe and Phiri ghosted past a posse of Nkana defenders and shot past Kelvin Malunga.
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The second half was only a minute old when Phiri found himself in acres of space on the right before hammering a shot that cannoned into the net off the bottom left of the upright.
Phiri hit his Power badge repeatedly in celebration. A few bottles flew from the stands disappointingly to pelt the brace hero.
There was no coming back. Walter Bwalya, after a week touching on his heritage to forget, was all over but was a pale shadow of himself.
His notable contributions were a cut back to Jacob Ngulube from which the former Mufulira Wanderers midfield man hit the crossbar in the first half and a free-kick in the second half which Chibwe beat away.
Once feared forward Ronald Kampamba never got going and paved way for the big Ronald Chibwe.
But there was no coming back.
Ronald Chibwe who had declared to his brother, Alan, the man who kept goal against South Africa in mid-week, that “no brotherhood for 90 plus sorry” had no tangible shots to trouble the Power Dynamos custodian.
When asked about the sibling rivalry when getting his GOTV decoder and MTN K500 airtime as reward for an excellent display Allan told pitch side presenter Matimba Nkonje
“The talk in the family starts way before the encounter. I thank God for the opportunity to play today. I thought Ronald would start but I was relieved to see him on the bench.”
But there was no such relief for Chambeshi at his former home as a flying winger with a ‘slow-silver’ start in his third spell as boss.
The El-Copala was lost thanks in part to Martin Phiri’s brilliant brace.
Power coach Daniel Kabwe was a contented man as his unbeaten club went top of the Super Divsion table on superior goal difference to erstwhile leaders Lusaka Dynamos
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