Zesco United’s 2-0 away win over Power Dynamos on Thursday night at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe was marred by a 13-minute stoppage after the hosts fans rioted in the 85th minute.
Goals from Winston Kalengo and second half substitute Jonas Sakuwaha sent Zesco to the top of the table, relegating Power to second place on 31 and 30 points respectively.
Trouble started after Sakuwaha punished defenders Derrick Mwansa and Christopher Munthali in the 85th who obligingly gave the highly experienced striker space to seal Zesco’s first league win over Power since 2010.
Immediately after the goal, Power fans threw missiles on the pitch as police battled to suppress the situation while the home team and match officials huddled and argued in the centre circle while Zesco players danced in the middle of all the mayhem.
When action resumed, Kaoma added just a minute before blowing for fulltime.
Meanwhile, Zesco outplayed and outgunned Power throughout as midfielder Cletus Chota dictated play for the visitors.
Zesco took a deserved lead in the 23rd minute when Kalengo headed in a Jackson Mwanza cross.
Mwanza also provided the ball for the second goal five minutes from time before all hell broke loose.
Zesco face another top-three test this Saturday when they visit third-placed Zanaco in Lusaka in both sides’ final rescheduled match of the first half of the season.