Friday, June 21, 2024

Mulawo double sinks Nchanga as Zanaco go second

Report by Benard Chama

Champions Zanaco returned to local league action with a 2 – 0 win over Nchanga Rangers after an international CAF Champions League fixture which saw them pull off a goalless draw against Al Ahly in Egypt.

Coach Numba Mumamba rotated his squad making five changes to the team that played in Alexandria.

Saith Sakala, Felix Nyaende, Richard Kasonde, Zmiliseni Moyo and Ernest Nbewe were all rested with Kwame Attram, Kennedy Musonda, Diddy Mpiana, Timothy Sakala and Adamson Mulao coming in to fill the positions respectively.

An early chance by Zanaco was shot wide in the first two minutes of the game but it was the home side that responded with waves of attack as  Zanaco Coach Numba Mumamba  got sent off.

ROBYN MUNSAKA Zanacos assistant  ensured the Bank sponsored boys played as planned but it was the home side that showed character in play with  Bwalya Kasonde and Nicodemus Kabungu pulling the strings and Zanaco had  captain  Ziyo Temo and George Chilufya to thank for ensuring the score line remained nil nil going into half time.

In the second half the bankers seemed more organized  and their efforts got rewarded when Nchanga Rangers goal keeper Pascal Kasonde failed to clear a  Adamson Mulao short range strike in the 51st minute of the game.

Zanaco started dominating play from then on and Nchanga Rangers coach Bruce Mwape responded with bringing in a striker but lightening struck again on the same spot beating the odds as Mulawo added a second in the 83rd minute.

Some clever play orchestrated by substitute Saith Sakala saw Bwalya Kasonde commit a foul in the box which resulted in a penalty in the 84th minute.

Sakala failed to convert from the spot for the game to end 2 – 0.

The win pushes Zanaco to second place on 13 points one behind leaders Lumwana Radiants.

Nchanga Rangers drops into the relegation zone on 17th place with 5 points.

Nchanga Rangers next game is away  against Lumwana Radiants while Zanaco will host Nkana in Lusaka.

Zanaco XI
16. Toaster Nsabata (GK), 8. Taonga Bwembya, 5. Chongo Chirwa, 3. Ziyo Tembo, 25. George Chilufya, 13. Diddy Kitumbo, 22. Augustine Mulenga Mbewe, 27. Timothy Sakala, 28. Adamson Mulao, 20. Attram Kwame, 9. Kennedy Musonda

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