Plucky Lumwana end Zesco’s 100 percent start

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FAZ Super Division débutantes Lumwana Radiants on Wednesday picked up a historic result after holding Zesco United to end the defending champions 100 percent start to the 2016 campaign.

A tenacious Lumwana came from behind to hold Zesco 1-1 away at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in the two sides first-ever top flight encounter.

The result halted Zesco five-match winning run in the league this season but they remain second shifting one point up to 16 points, three behind leaders Nkana who are also unbeaten while Lumwana rise from 13th to 11th place on 9 points.

And the match also pitted Zesco coach George Lwandamina against his former player at Mufulira Wanderers Allan Kamwanga who is Lumwana coach.

Meanwhile, Zesco took the lead in the 6th minute through Kenyan striker Jesse Were to score his 8th goal of the season.

Things were looking very bright for Zesco in the opening 25 minutes before Lumwana switched to defensive mode when they placed nine men behind the ball.

The visitors then equalised in the 32nd minute through Hillary Bwalya before Zesco won a controversial penalty on the stroke of halftime.

This is after Cletus Chama went down easily with the faintest challenge from Lumwana goalkeeper Joel Kanyeba and referee Wisdom Chew pointed to the spot.

Were converted the penalty but Chewe ordered it to be retaken after an encroachment but to Lumwana’s relief Kanyeba saved the ball on the second attempt.

Lumwana then suffocated Zesco’s short-passing game camping inside their own area en route to a famous draw against the champions.

Meanwhile at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Nakambala’s unbeaten start to the campaign came to a halt when they lost 1-0 away to Red Arrows.

Joseph Phiri’s 42nd minute goal ended Nakambala’s seven unbeaten start to the 2016 season who stay 5th despite the defeat while Arrows rise from 11th to 6th on 11 points.

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  1. Well done Lumwana. The trophy this season is going back to where it belongs and that is pa Cilata Wusakile township in Kitwe. Go Kalampa go!

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  2. well done lumwana radiants for holding the zesco giants I hope and that you will win the next game when zesco vist you in solwezi .thanks boyz.

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  3. Radians, temunobe……..The pressure is on big teams. They are playing to keep their pride, while ours is to enjoy the league.

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