ZESCO United pulverised Power Dynamos in a Week 27 encounter yesterday to move to within one point of retaining the Super Division title, thanks to Zanaco’s draw against Nkwazi.
The victory underscored the sublimity of the team that has certainly entered the realm of invincibles in a league they were mere participants a few seasons ago.
George Lwandamina’s side will just have to pick a point from a possible nine, and their first engagement is against middle-of-the-road campaigners Forest Rangers.
Red-hot striker Winston Kalengo wrapped up the day after Cletus Chama and John Ching’andu had put the hosts in front at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
The Ndola side moved to 63 points, nine better than Zanaco who drew 1-1 with Nkwazi. Power are third with 51 points and effectively out of the race for the title.
Zanaco could finish with 63 points with three games remaining.
After a goalless first half, Chama opened the scores galore in the 46th minute after pouncing on a rebound.
Kalengo’s shot was blocked and Chama placed a low shot past goalkeeper Allan Chibwe.
After conceding, Power coach Tenant Chilumba introduced Thomas Nyirenda for skipper Emmanuel Chimpinde.
Power could have restored parity on 57 minute when Martin Phiri capitalised on Bernard Mapili’s lapse but goalkeeper Jacob Banda parried the ball for a corner.
Phiri’s goal bound shot was cleared on the line by Mapili in the 68th minute.
Kalengo headed wide a Dauti Musekwa cross on 74 minutes with Chibwe beaten.
Ching’andu doubled the lead with a fine finish in the 90th minute after Chama, Kalengo and substitute Mathews Nkowane tore the Power defence apart.
Kalengo put the icing on the cake with a thunderbolt on 93 minutes for Zesco to complete a treble over Power this year.
“It was a good game, in the first place it was a very difficult game both teams failed to score in the first half and in the second half we upped the tempo which gave us dividends.
“The win is good for the boys, the team, sponsors and the Zesco family,” Zesco coach George Lwandamina said.
Chilumba declined an interview.
NKWAZI 1 ZANACO 1
Zanaco’s title chase suffered a setback after dropping points at Nkwazi, VICTOR KUMWENDA reports
Salulani Phiri netted a spectacular goal in the 12th minute latching onto a Davey Daka pass and fired into the right corner of the net at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka.
Musukuma Chipungu restored parity with a close range shot on 41 minutes beating goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata.
ARROWS 1 BUFFALOES 0
Green Buffaloes’ ambitions of finishing second on the Super Division log suffered a blow after going down to Red Arrows at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, CECILIA ZULU reports.
Arrows striker Festus Mbewe benefited from a lapse between goalkeeper Davy Kaumbwa and defender Malani Gondwe to slot the ball into the net on 44 minutes.
ASSEMBLY 0 FOREST 1
National Assembly’s relegation to the first division was confirmed after losing to 10-man Forest Rangers at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka, ALEX NJOVU reports.
Forest finished the match with 10 players after defender Shemmy Mayembe was sent off in the 38th minute for a crude tackle.
Innocent Mwaba scored the solitary goal on 64 minutes after benefiting from a Logic Ching’andu pass.
RANGERS 1 EAGLES 0
Nchanga Rangers climbed to 11th position after beating Green Eagles at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola, HONE SIAME reports.
Striker Felix Nyaende scored the goal that earned Rangers maximum points in the 38th minute.
BLADES 1 DYNAMOS 0
Striker Erick Chisala’s 48th minute goal was enough for Konkola Blades to overcome Lusaka Dynamos in Chililabombwe.