ZSL Week 2 Review: Mufulira Wanderers 1 – 0 City of Lusaka
Raining goals, Raining and Goals at Shinde stadium as Mufulira Wanderers suffered a successive defeat this time to the hands of City of Lusaka who seemed a lot more prepared to play in the rains as the heavy downpour came along a few minutes before kick off.
City are the first team to score 4 in the Zambian Super League this year.
The newly promoted side scored through Noel Phiri and Clement Mundia to stun the home crowd who audibly began to chant for the visitors in frustration.
The left back Phiri was left unmarked in the box and made no mistake to power home a header from a corner in the 7th minute.
Mundia was gifted the goal when the Wanderers goalkeeper spilled what seemed an easy cross into his path and he shot against he crossbar before reacting first to the rebound to finish from close range with a header in the 27th minute.
The teams went in at 0-2 at the break.
The second half began in similar fashion with Mufulira Wanderers losing the midfield battle mostly due to the rains and partly due to a system suited for dry weather, they attempted to play short balls on the ground while City of Lusaka played route one football that eventually found Roy Sakuwanda in the box for what could be termed the toughest tap in of the year.
Wanderers made two changes in the second half bringing Reuben Chansa the young brother to Isaac Chansa and Ghanaian Rahim Osmanu.
Osmanu put in a stellar fightback and appeared to be the only player in green up for the fight.
Some bad bouncing in the wet conditions saw the City of Lusaka defense misjudge a ball leaving Rahim Osmanu one v one to score and pull one back in the 50th minute.
He unleashed a 35 yard shot a couple of minutes later and was only denied by the upright.
The single handed fight back proved to be inadequate as Dominic Mulenshi struck to take the sting out of Wanderers momentum after pouncing on a poorly defended cross to restore the 3 goal lead. Wanderers fans were left in shock and disappointment a at full time after the game ended in a 1-4 scoreline to leave Wanderers worse off than teams who have played less games.
And ‘Mighty’ the fans made their displeasure known as they called for change from the stands.
With 7 goals conceded in only a space of two games could there be a growing gap left by Warren Kunda who left Mufulira in January?
Could there be trouble brewing in January with an evident rift between the club executives and the fans?
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