Efficient Zesco open seven point lead

ZESCO Players celebrating the first Goal
ZESCO Players celebrating the first Goal

Zesco United produced an efficient display on Friday night to sweep Green Eagles off the park in a 3-1 home win at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The two sides may have gone into the break level but the score line was a flattering representation of proceedings on the pitch.

Goals from Maybin Kalengo, John Chingandu and Lazarus Kambole saw Zesco open a seven-point overnight lead at the top of the table.

Kalengo put Zesco ahead in the 2nd minute off an assist by Kambole to set the tone for the defending champions.

But Kambole was later denied a chance to get on the score sheet himself by Sebastian Mwenge in the 13th minute when the Eagles goalkeeper bravely stole the ball off the Zambia’s striker’s feet only to injury himself.

Mwenge succumbed from that incident and was replaced in the 27th minute by Robert Mwanza.

Chingandu then fired wide in the 31 minute before Eagles equalized in the 41st minute when Anos Tembo headed-in Collins Mulenga’s free kick.

Chingandu redeemed himself just after the break when he restored Zesco’s lead in the 47th minute with a cracking effort from the edge of the box off a Kalengo lay-off.

Kambole on the other hand continued to push but saw his 61st minute shot sail inches wide of the post.

However, Kambole made no mistake in the 87th minute when he outpaced Mateo Ndashe to score his now trademark goal from a tight angle after cutting into the box.

Zesco rise to 45 points but second placed Green Buffaloes have an opportunity to restore it to four points if they beat Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy on Saturday at Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka.

Meanwhile Nchanga Rangers suffered their sixth successive defeat after losing 1-0 away at 12th placed Lumwana Radiants.

Obed Masumbuko scored the game’s lone goal in the 20th minute to see Lumwana, on 23 points, continue to enjoy their longest unbeaten spell this season with two wins and three draws.

Nchanga stay put at the top end of the bottom four relegation zone in 17th spot with 12 points from 19 matches.

Lumwana Radiants 1-Nchanga Rangers 0
Zesco United 3-Green Eagles 1
Green Buffaloes-Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy
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Kabwe Warriors-Kitwe United
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