Zesco United moved into second place level on 18 points with leaders Power Dynamos after a 2-1 victory over National Assembly in a week 8 fixture played at Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday thanks to second half goals by Jackson Mwanza and Lazarous Kambole.
Man-of-the-match Mwanza opened the scoring in the 68th minute with a cracking free kick on the edge of the area and two minutes later he turned provider for the second which was driven home by Kambole from close range.
Morgan Kanjolo pulled one back for the visitors in the 83rd minute from the penalty spot after Bonwell Silengo had brought down Peter Mwangani in the area. Kanjolo was given a red card three minutes later for putting out a leg to referee Wisdom Chewe who was in the process booking the National Assembly captain for a dangerous challenge on Kambole.
National Assembly coach George Kapembwa was also sent off in the 71st minute.
Before the match Kapembwa said his team would face a stern test of their credentials as their next three matches would see them play powerhouses of the MTN FAZ Super League in Zesco United, Power Dynamos and Red Arrows.
The win ended Zesco United’s run of three successive draws while Assembly’s defeat means that they stay in fifth position on the standings and that Power Dynamos, Nkana, Zanaco and Zesco United remain the only sides to be undefeated in this campaign.
“The game was tough; both teams were coming from unbeaten runs. That is how it was a difficult game. But it was good we (remained) focused. They pushed from the first whistle but we created chances and we managed to convert two,” Zesco United head coach George Lwandamina said in a post-match interview.
Zesco United travel to Green Eagles in week nine while National Assembly will host leaders Power Dynamos.
And champions Nkana played their fourth goalless draw of the campaign as they were held by promoted Indeni in the early kick off played at Mwanawas Stadium.
Head coach Masautso Mwale said his side wasted a lot of chances in front of goal.
Nkana’s first chance came in the second minute when Evans Kangwa’s effort from a free kick went wide of target by a few inches. Ronald Kampamba sent his free header over and wide in the 18th minute. Substitute Kelvin Mubanga had the best chance in the second half when he was set up by Kampamba but his tame effort did not trouble Peter Njobvu in goal for Indeni.
Indeni’s chances fell to Josephat Kasusu in the 29th minute and Simon Mwenya in the 33rd minute.
“We missed a lot of chances,” Mwale said
“We could have wrapped up the game but we could not utilise the numerous chances that we created. But that is the name of the game and we ended up benefitting our opponents,” he said.
And Indeni coach Stephen Mwansa said he was impressed by his team’s performance.
“I think there is a lot of improvement for my team from my assessment. I am impressed with the performance of my boys. What we were lacking was the tactical discipline and now it has improved,” Mwansa said