Indeni edge out Napsa Stars
Indeni Football Club ensured that they left behind all the problems they had in the first half of the season with a win over Napsa Stars in a match played at Indeni Sports Complex on Saturday.
Jeff Sikapite was the hero of the day as he bagged a brace while veteran striker Harry Milanzi was on target for the visitors.
Assistant coach Emmanuel Chimfwembe attributed his team's victory over Napsa Stars to good preparations in training and some changes that were made to the team during the mid-season break.
"We started the season with thirty-three players but during the mid-season break we decided to assess all of them individually. The plan was to remain with twenty players on our books although there are plans that we could still beef up the squad in the July transfer window," stated Chimfwembe.
"We have already parted company with ten players so that means there are still three we have not made a decision on yet. We intend to use the money saved from the reduced wage bill to motivate the players who will remain with us."
"Before the match against Napsa, our club chairman Mr Charles Mwanza motivated the players with the good news that their winning bonus had been raised from K500,000.00 to K1,000,000. So as you can see, the players did not want to lose. Furthermore if they keep on winning they were promised that the bonus would be raised by 50 percent."
Chimfwembe further revealed that Indeni had reached an agreement on the transfer on midfielder Bobby Chansa to Forest Rangers.
"Bobby is now a Forest Rangers player. The deal was finalised on Friday," he said.
The players who were axed by Indeni are: Jeremy Mundongo, Paul Mwantende, Mannasseh Mwape, Kenny Zulu, Allan Kasongo, Gerald Bwalya, Mathias Kateya, Lampard Kunda, Happy Ng'ambi and Lucas Mukosela.
At Konkola Stadium, the Chililbombwe derby ended in a 2-2 draw. League top scorer Musonda Mwape put Konkola Mine Police in front in the fifteenth minute and took his tally to eight goals before Lazarous Kambole added a second.
Konkola Blades pulled one back when they were awarded a penalty which was scored by Robert Tembo and a late strike by Obby Chirwa helped the home side salvage a point.
Elsewhere, Green Buffaloes' Silack Musebo was both hero and villain as he scored at both ends in the 1-1 draw against Roan United at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Nkana came from behind at Nakambala after they had fallen behind to a first half penalty and were reduced to ten men but there dependaple striker Reynold Kampamba's second half strike found the back of the net in good time to extend the Wusakile side could only settle for another draw.
The other drawn matches were between Green Eagles and Power Dynamos, and Forest Rangers and Red Arrows which were both goalless.
Nchanga Rangers recorded the biggest win of the week with a 3 - 1 home win against National Assembly while Zanaco opened a four point lead at the top of the table with a 2 - 1 win over second place Zesco United.
WEEK 16 FULL TIME RESULTS
Indeni 2 - 1 Napsa Stars
Konkola Blades 2 - 2 Konkola Mine Police
Green Buffaloes 1 - 1 Roan United
Nakambala Leopards 1 - 1 Nkana FC
Zanaco 2 - 1 Zesco United
Forest Rangers 0 - 0 Red Arrows
Nchanga Rangers 3 - 1 National Assembly
Green Eagles 0 - 0 Power Dynamos