Nkana lead MTN/FAZ Premier Division League table

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Nkana 2 Lime 1

STRIKER Reynolds Kampamba scored a brace to send Nkana back to the summit of the MTN/FAZ Premier Division League table yesterday after a home win over Lime Hotspurs at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.
Nkana move from 40 to 43 points, one more than former leaders, Zesco United who played to a goalless draw at home against Red Arrows.
However, the score line did not tell the real story on the day as Lime matched Nkana, but lacked that extra killer touch. And it was Lime who took the lead in the 14th minute through Victor Kashitu who thumped in a curling shot that caught Nkana goalkeeper, Makasa Mufwaya on the wrong footing.
But Lime’s lead lasted just a minute when Kobe Chipeta handled the ball in the area before Kampamba stepped up to convert the resultant penalty.
Then Makasa had to be at his best to parry Bobby Chansa’s shot in the 32nd minute before the two sides went 1-all into the break.
The second half started off on a dull note with the only major highlight on the restart seeing defender Christopher Munthali taken off with an injury and replaced by Claude Bwalya.
Nkana broke the monotony in the 61st minute when Rabby Lwambula’s cross from the left was met by an unmarked Kampamba on the far post who was lurking behind Lime goalkeeper Reagan Mbewe.
At the opposite end, Mbewe was again called upon to parry a Donashano Malama free kick and a Festus Mbewe shot in the 65th and 68th minutes respectively. Makasa, too, was on his toes denying Chipeta in the 70th minute before Brian Chilando fired wide in front of an inviting goal in the 90thminute.
Rangers 2 Buffaloes 1
Nchanga Rangers moved into third position on the log on 39 points with a game in hand after coming from a goal down to beat Green Buffaloes in a tightly contested match played at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola.
Buffaloes made a false start with Allan Mukuka giving the army side the lead in the 54th minute but Rangers striker Bornwell Mwape levelled matters four minutes before Martin Daka sealed victory in the 68th minute as the visitors remained stuck on 33 points.
Zanaco 0 Mine Police 1
At Nkoloma Stadium, ELIAS CHIPEPO reports that it was a shock win for visiting Konkola Mine Police who stunned Zanaco courtesy of an Andrews Tampela 51st minute goal after the two sides had played to a first half dead rubber.
It was a painful defeat for Zanaco who failed to replicate their 4-1 demolition of Lime at the weekend to drop to fourth place on 36 points, while Mine Police moved up to 25 points.
Nkwazi 2 Forest 0
From Edwin Imboela Stadium, Nkwazi registered a morale boosting win over fellow strugglers Forest Rangers but the victory could do nothing to lift the police officers out of the relegation, reports CLEVER ZULU.
Augustine Mulenga gave Nkwazi the lead in the 44th minute after finishing off a Musukuma Chipungu shot that was parried by Forest keeper Richard Chama. Brian Musonda wrapped up points for the home side with a powerful shot on the edge of the box in the 82nd minute to see Nkwazi surge to 24 points, while Forest are second from bottom on 14 points.
Blades 2 Roan 1
First half goals from Erick Chomba in the 40th minute and Humphrey Maseneko at the stroke of half time, while Anos Tembo scored a consolation in the 52nd minute. Blades are on eighth position with 31 same as Roan, who have maintained seventh position on goal difference.
Warriors 2 Kalulushi 0
Kabwe Warriors beat Kalulushi Modern Stars to move into ninth place on 29 points, thanks to a Sam Chulu brace that came in the second half, reports SYLVIA MWEETWA from the Godfrey Chitalu Ground.
The railwaymen, who were obviously motivated by the new bus bought by their sponsors Zambia Railways Limited, put up a dominant game over a Kalulushi side that is third from bottom on 19 points.