Zesco United’s woes continued on Sunday when they lost away to Green Buffaloes in their top two battle at Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka.
The defending FAZ Super Division champions were beaten 2-0 by leaders Buffaloes who opened up a five point lead at the summit of the log.
Sunday’s defeat came barely 24 hours after Zesco landed in Lusaka from Tunisia where they had lost 2-1 to Etoile du Sahel on May 16 in a 2018 CAF Champions League Group D fixture.
The first half ended scoreless but was marred by Zesco coach George Lwandamina’s sending off midway through that period following a sideline altercation with referee Derrick Kafuli.
Buffaloes then took the lead in the 47th minute through Youremember Banda and Diamond Chikwekwe sealed the victory in the 81st minute.
The Army Men rise to 27 points from 12 games played while Zesco stay put at number two on 22 points with two games in hand.
Meanwhile, Power Dynamos fell short of taking second spot but settled for 3rd on their away trip to Lusaka at Napsa Stars on the same day.
Power, on 21 points, salvaged a 1-1 away draw at struggling Napsa.
Napsa went ahead in the 74th minute through an Alex Mwamba penalty that Lottie Phiri won after he was fouled by Power defender Faustin Bakodila.
But Power equalized from a spot-kick of their own in stoppage time that was converted by midfielder Kelvin Mubanga.
Napsa, though, stay put third from bottom at number 18 on 7 points where they occupy one of the four relegation slot.
WEEK 12 RESULTS
New Monze Swallows 0-Zanaco 1
Nakambala Leopards 0-Buildcon 2
Kitwe United 3-National Assembly 0
Nchanga Rangers 0-Green Eagles 0
Kabwe Warriors 3-Lumwana Radiants 1
Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy 2-Nkana 2
Napsa Stars 1-Power Dynamos 1
Red Arrows 1-Forest Rangers 1
Nkwazi 1-Lusaka Dynamos 2
Green Buffaloes 2-Zesco United 0