RED ARROWS RISE FROM THE DROP ZONE.
Red Arrows moved from 14th to 10th and out of the relegation zone on the Faz Premier League table after a 2-1 home win over Green Buffaloes in a delayed week 8 fixture played at Nkoloma stadium this afternoon.
The win is Arrows second in a roll in theleague under caretaker coach Harrison Tembo after last weekends 1-0 away victory at Nakamkala Leopards.
However, Arrows had to rally before defeating Buffaloes who stay put in 8th place despite suffering their third league defeat of the season with 17 points from ten league games played and another three in hand.
Ex-Power Dynamos midfielder Dears Kakunta put Buffaloes ahead in the opening 31st minute of the match before Moses Hatiyoka equalized two minutes before the break.
Arrows’ winner came just seven minutes before the close of the match from the spot after Buffaloes defender Sekelani Mwale had felled hosts striker Stanley Banda.
Another former Power player was on the score sheet this time defender Lombe Kaluba who stepped up to converted the resultant penalty to give Arrows the 3 points that saw them swim out of the drop-zone.
NATIONAL TEAM’S WEDNESDAY BRIEFS.
The Zambia Under 20 at midday Wednesday departed Lusaka for Europe where they will hold their month-long training camp ahead of their participation in the 2007 Canada Fifa Under 20 World Cup.
While in Europe, George Lwandamina’s squad will play in two tournaments in The Netherlands and Germany.
The Under 20 open their World Cup outing against Jordan on July 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Back at home, the Zambia national team begun its training camp in Lusaka this afternoon ahead of their 2008 Africa Cup Group 11 qualifying tie against Congo-Brazzaville at Konkola stadium in Chililabombwe to be played on June 2.
The team will on Sunday leave for a brief training camp in South Africa on their way to Namibia to play their first international friendly match this year when they face Namibia away in Windhoek on May 26.
And in Kitwe, the Zambia Under 23 too begun full days training this morning ahead of their Olympic Games football tournament Group B qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire to be played at Nchanga stadium in Chingola on June 3.
18 out of 20 home-based players were in camp with two players missing Wednesday training due to club commitments during today’s league fixture between Red Arrows and Green Buffaloes.
The missing duo is defender Maybin Chishimba and new Under 23 call-up Timothy Mbewe, a midfielder from Red Arrows, who are expected to join Peter Kaumba’s team in camp tomorrow, Thursday.