ZAMBIA DRAW AT POINTE NOIRE.
It is not looking good for Zambia after a scoreless draw away to Congo-Brazzaville today in their Group 11 2008 Africa Cup qualifying tie played at Pointe Noire.
The draw means Zambia remain stranded in 3rd place on 4 points from three matches, Congo are on 5 while South Africa has a comfortable 7 point cushion with three games to go before wrapping up Group 11.
South Africa top the pool after a resounding 3-0 away win at winless and bottom of the table Chad on Saturday.
Coach Patrick Phiri is now in the battle to keep on track his first return to Ghana since 1978 this time as coach.
Phiri knows he must win against Congo when they come calling on June 2 to try and exorcise his unenviable record as being the only Zambia coach to fail guide Chipolopolo in two qualifying series in a space of four years.
KAUMBA DOES WHAT HE DOES BEST.
On Saturday, Peter Kaumba did what he does best. Draw.
The Zambia Under 23 qualified to the group stage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Football tournament qualifiers after a 1-1 away to draw to Malawi to make sure Keena Phiri did not have the last laugh against a Zambian side yet again.
Clifford Mulenga put Zambia ahead in the 28th minutes before Chilikepo Msowoya equalized six minutes after the half-hour mark.
However, that was not enough for Malawi as Zambia qualified 4-3 on aggregate to the group stage for a second successive time.
FAZ PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS.
ZESCO UNITED 2- KABWE WARRIORS 0.
Wedson Nyirenda’s Zesco United cruised to a 2-0 home win over Kabwe Warriors on Saturday to see the Ndola side firmly sit in mid-table after three games played by the club.
Enoch Sakala headed Zesco in the 23rd minutes before Clifford Chipalo scored his second goal of the season on 55th minutes after a goal-mouth scramble.
RED ARROWS 2- ZAMTEL FC 0.
2004 league champions Red Arrows recorded their second top-flight win of the season after crushing promoted and winless Zamtel 2-0 at Nkoloma stadium on Saturday.
Simon Lupiya scored a brace in the 24th and 74th minutes to see him return to the top of the scorerâ€™s charts on 6 goals in all competition this season.
ROAN UNITED 2- YOUNG ARROWS 3.
Troubled and promoted Roan united scored their first two league goals of the season on Saturday but that was still not enough for them to lose at home and lift them off the bottom of the table.
On Saturday, Roan lost at home against fellow promoted side Young Arrows who rallied to thump their hosts 3-2 at Kafubu stadium in Launshya.
Roan took the lead in the 21st minute through ex-Zambia striker Ben Mwanza before some-time international winger Chiwanki Liyainga equalized a minute after the break.
Kruger Mwansa stretched the visitors lead on 50 minutes before Derrick Mumba equalized five minutes later to keep Roans hopes of their first points of the season alive.
However, live-wire left winger Liyainga, on loan at Arrows from Power Dynamos this season, made sure Dickson Makwaza’s Roan remained bottom of the log with the winner on three minutes before the hour-mark.
NCHANGA RANGERS 2- FOREST RANGERS 2.
Lyson Sikaonga scored a brace against his former side to put Nchanga Rangers second on the table in a 2-2 home draw against Forest Rangers with goals in the 23rd and 26th minutes.
Robby Kabwe and Daudi Musekwa made sure their former team mate did not make them regret selling him to Rangers with strikes in the 20th and 48th minutes respectively.
NAKAMBALA LEOPARDS 0 -KONKOLA BLADES 1.
Konkola Blades are the new leaders at the summit of the Faz Premier League table after Nakambala Leopards fell for a second successive time at home at their once impenetrable rough and infamous square-shaped home pitch.
Ex-Zambia Under 20 striker Precious Mpondela scored his first and the Chililabombwe sides all important goal in the 27th minute to give the side from no-mans land the vital 3 points.
Blades top the table on 9 points to oust City of Lusaka who fell 3-0 away to Lusaka Dynamos on the same day, Saturday.
Blades are one point ahead of second placed Nchanga Rangers.
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 1- GREEN BUFFALOES 3.
George Lwandamina’s Green Buffaloes romped to a second successive league win with a 3-1 away victory over National Assembly in Lusaka.
Morgan Hanjema, Ezekiel Lungu and Max Mukenga were on target in the 4th, 41st and 76th minutes respectively.
Kelvin Simbeye scored Assembly’s consolation and his first competitive goal of the season in 56th minute.
LUSAKA DYNAMOS 3- CITY OF LUSAKA 0.
Lusaka Dynamos maintained their unbeaten league record with a resonating 3-0 home win over former leaders City of Lusaka at Queensmead on Saturday.
Lameck Banda scored twice to stun boisterous City in the 10th and 27th minutes before pint-size attacker Saulos Mumba made sure of the points in this Capital derby with the 3rd two minutes from full-time.