Zanaco skin Nakambala Leopards
Lewis Macha's first half double and a third goal by second half substitute Moses Phiri helped Zanaco to a 3-0 victory over Nakambala Leopards moving them to second place on the MTN/FAZ Super League standings.
The victors have 23 points, one behind log leaders Zesco United who have played a game less.
Zanaco started the game with more purpose than the visitors and could have opened the scores in the fifth minute when Elson Mkandawire's goal-bound header bounced heavily in front of Nakambala goalkeeper Moses Mapulanga and went over the bar.
They got the lead two minutes later when Nakambala’s defence failed to clear their lines and the ball fell kindly to unmarked Macha whose shot deflected off a defender on its way in.
Zanaco skipper Henry Banda had a brilliant game on the right wing in the first half and created several chances through his pin point perfect only for Venecious Mapande, Rabson Lwambula and Elson Mkandawire to fluff their lines.
However, Macha got to the end of one Banda's crosses and put the ball in the back of the net with a free header in the 37th minute for Zanaco to take a 2 -0 at the break.
Nakambala reorganised themselves after the break and enjoyed good spells off possession but their shooting in front goal was poor.
Banda was running the show and he created his side’s third goal on the counter putting in an inviting cross that was turned in by Moses Phiri on 75 minutes.
Elsewhere, defending champions Power Dynamos came from behind to earn a 1-all draw at home to struggling Roan United who had Hilary Makasa as caretaker coach after Chris Chibuye was fired on Thursday.
The draw means Power have now dropped to third on the log with twenty-one points. Depending on the result between Konkola Mine Police and fourth placed Red Arrows who play on Wednesday, Power could drop further down to fourth if Arrows win.
In Ndola, Indeni and Green Buffaloes played to a one all draw at Indeni Sports Complex while a Rosper Muma goal was enough for Konkola Blades to take all three points from Forest Rangers at Dola Hill.
Chingola outfit Nchanga Rangers came from behind to draw 1-1 at home against Nkana FC. Napsa Stars emerged 2 -1 winners away to Green Eagles at Choma's Independence Stadium and remained seventh on the log with 17 points.
FULL TIME RESULTS
Green Eagles 1 - 2 Napsa Stars
Konkola Blades 1 - 0 Forest Rangers
Nchanga Rangers 1 - 1 Nkana
Power Dynamos 1 - 1 Roan United
Indeni 1 - 1 Green Buffaloes
Zanaco 3 - 0 Nakambala Leopards
Sunday 27th May 2012
National Assembly vs Zesco United
Wednesday 30th May 2012
Konkola Mine Police vs Red Arrows