Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Zanaco, Power Dynamos and Lumwana record wins as MTN Super League kicks-off

Lumwana Radiants, Zanaco and Power Dynamos recorded wins as the MTN Super League made a return after a 107 days hiatus. 

Power Dynamos squared off with Nkwazi in the early kick off of the day, Jacob Kaunda scoring the only goal of the game in the dying minutes.

The match was heading for a goalless draw only for the former Chambishi forward to score a beauty inside the area deep in additional time.

Radiants were however the big winners of the day as they came from a goal down to beat Green Eagles 3-1 at the Lumwana Stadium. 

Hosea Silwimba put Eagles in the lead in the 36th minute to score the first goal of the 2022/2023 Super League season.

A goal each from Benjamin Mukanda, Abraham Kanyanga, and Kapambwe Musonda however, made sure the Super League newcomers started their campaign on a winning note. 

In Chambishi, Abraham Siankombo scored the only goal of the game as Zanaco edged Chambishi 1-0. 

Golden Mashata scored in the 81st minute to secure a point for the Betway sponsored Green Buffaloes away in Mazabuka. Andrew Phiri put FC MUZA in the lead in the 9th minute.

Prison Leopards held nine time Champions, ZESCO United to a 1-1 draw while defending Champions, Red Arrows started their title defense with a disappointing goalless draw against NAPSA Stars at home. 

2022/23 MTN SUPER LEAGUE WEEK 1 RESULTS

Chambishi 0-1 ZANACO 

Abraham Siankombo 62’

FC MUZA 1-1 Green Buffaloes 

Andrew Phiri 9’ | Golden Mashata 81’

Forest Rangers 0-0 Kansanshi Dynamos 

Lumwana Radiants 3-1 Green Eagles

Benjamin Mukanda 69′, Abraham Kanyanga 71′, Kapambwe Musonda 74′ | Hosea Silwimba 37′ 

Nkwazi 0-1 Power Dynamos

Jacob Kaunda 90’ 

Prison Leopards 1-1 ZESCO United 

Damiano Kola 60’| Alfred Leku 16’

Red Arrows 0-0 NAPSA Stars 

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  1. When the new season began, I had high hopes. However after watching the first game between Nkwazi and Power Dynamos, I have found myself disappointed with the level of football on display. Power Dynamos is one of the most well funded clubs we have in Zambia. They are able to acquire the services of some of the most talented players. But looking at the technical ability of the Power Dynamos players, I can understand why the national team is no longer able to compete with the best in Africa.
    As a professional in any field, there are basic skills that one needs to master to be counted among the best. When it comes to football, the least you can expect a player to do is have the ability to control the ball, make accurate passes to teammates and run with the ball at your feet. Players spend many hours during the week training these skills before the actual game day. They have trained these very skill over many years of playing football almost on a daily basis. This is why it is very disappointing to watch many players on the field of play unable to control the ball, failing to dribble past players and resorting to hoofing the ball into empty space with no target in mind.
    I am not suggesting that every player have the silky ball control skills of Kalaba, I am not suggesting that players have the passing ability and intelligence on the ball of Charles Musonda. But I would like to see the top clubs in Zambia display the kind of football we know they are capable of. Zesco United not so long ago showed Zambia how football should be played. Their football was mature, entertaining and purposeful. The Zesco United players of the George Lwandamina era displayed wonderful technical ability to the point where people looked forward to watching the team perform week in week out. Such an effect that team had on the league that they inspired some teams to follow in like manner. Forest Rangers under Perry Mutapa is an example of a team that began to entertain with inspiration from Zesco.
    I wonder where that wonderful football has gone. How do they expect to attract crowds to the stadiums with the shoddy displays of football we have witnessed in week one. I hope we will be getting better performances as the league progresses, but what I have seen so far leaves much to be desired.

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