Nkana put their financial woes aside to go top of the Division 1 north table with an emphatic opening day week 1 home win while the same couldn’t be said about fellow crisis-ridden club Mufulira Wanderers who asked for time out.
Nkana crushed promoted Zesco-Luapula 7-1 in Kitwe on Sunday in a Week 1 round of matches that saw seven out of the nine Division 1 north fixtures played.
However, their fellow financially troubled old rivals Wanderers failed to host Kalewa on Sunday at Shinde Stadium in Mufulira due to logistical reasons after Mopani Copper Mines recently ended their traditional long-standing sponsorship of both the legendary 9-time league champions and Nkana.
Wanderers have asked Faz for a 2-week break to reorganize themselves before kicking off what is expected to be their most challenging season in over 50 years.
Meanwhile, two clubs are tied in 2nd place in Division 1 north at the end of Week 1.
Afrisports were 2-0 away winners over promoted Chingola Leopards while Elijah Litana’s Mining Rangers also won by the same margin at home in Kitwe against Muchindu.
And Kalulushi Modern Stars return to Division 1 after two seasons in Division 2 began with a 0-0 draw at Independence Stadium in Kalulushi against Kitwe United.
Caf Africa Champions League, 1st rnd, 1st Leg
Africa Sports 0- Zesco United 0
Caf Confederations Cup 1st rnd, 1st Leg,
Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka
Red Arrows 2(Timothy Mbewe 3″, Richard Phiri 28″)- Ocean Boys 0
Junior International Friendly
Nakambala Stadium, Mazabuka
Zambia U17 0- Malawi U17 2(Ackim Phiri 7″, Robin Ngalande 52)
2009 Faz Premier Division
Choma Eagles 1(Aubrey Zulu 57″)- Forest Rangers 0
Konkola Blades 2(Chileshe Kabwe 15″, Chipulu Chileya 30″)- Green Buffaloes 0
Kabwe Warriors 0- Nakambala Leopards 0
Power Dynamos 2 (Elson Mkandawire 49″, Perry Mubanga 76″)- Zanaco 1(Henry Banda 43″)
City of Lusaka-Chambishi
Lusaka Dynamos- Roan United
Young Arrows- Red Arrows
Zamtel- Zesco United
After Games Played 15/03/2009
Clifford Chipalo (Zesco United): 3
Timothy Mbewe (Red Arrows): 2
Luka Lungu (Power Dynamos) 2
Enoch Sakala (Zesco United): 2
Judge Mknadawire (Red Arrows): 2
Chiwanki Liyainga (Red Arrows): 2
Nkana 7 -Zesco Luapula 1
Mufulira Blackpool 0-Ndola United 0
Kalulushi Modern Stars 0 -Kitwe United 0
Chingola Leopards 0 -Afrisports 2
Chindwin 0-Prison Leopards 0
Mining Rangers 2-Muchindu 0
Lime Hotspurs 1 -Indeni 0
Paramilitary 1-Police Bullets 0
Kascol Rangers 0-National Assembly 0
Young Green Eagles 0-Mazabuka United 2
Zamcoal Diggers 1 -Lusaka Tigers 2
Lusaka Celtic 0-Livingstone Pirates 0
Riflemen 1-Nkwazi 2
Profound Warriors 3-Luena Buffaloes 1
Nampundwe 1-Lusaka City Council 1
Green Eagles 4- Petauke United 1