Zesco United stay eight points clear at the top of the 2018 FAZ Super Division table following a 2-0 away win over struggling National Assembly in a doubleheader Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.
Goals in both halves from Jesse Were and John Chinagndu handed Zesco their seventh successive league win and also saw them unbeaten in now 13 straight games from which they have drawn two matches.
Were put Zesco ahead in the 31st minute when he fired in an assist from Chingandu.
But Assembly had chances going begging when Amity Shemanda and Peter Mwangani fluffed their close range efforts in the 39th and 62nd minutes respectively.
Then, Zesco midfielder Anthony Akumu was denied a rare goal in the 71st minute when his goal-bound shot came off the legs of Assembly goalkeeper Justin Munyikwa.
But Akumu’s left the pitch a satisfied man when his cross in the 83rd minute was met by Chingandu to poke in the final goal to send Zesco to 57 points from 23 games with fifteen matches left to play.
Assembly remain just above the bottom four relegation zone at number 16 on 18 points.
Meanwhile, Buffaloes stayed within ear-shot of Zesco on 49 points following a 1-0 away win over Nkwazi in the second kickoff of the Emboela doubleheader.
Chilimba Moonga headed in captain Adrian Chama’s 48th minute free- kick to hand Buffaloes their first win since June 23 when they beat Kitwe United by the same margin but later collected two successive draws.
But Buffaloes had goalkeeper Dave Kaumbwa to thank after he denied Nkwazi the equalizer when he saved Chipungu Musukma’s penalty.
FAZ SUPER DIVISION
Power Dynamos 2-Nkana 2
Nakambala Leopards 0-Kitwe United 0
Nchanga Rangers 1-Kabwe Warriors 0
Green Eagles 4-New Monze Swallows 0
Lusaka Dynamos 1-Napsa Stars 1
Red Arrows 1-Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy 2
Buildcon 4-Lumwana Radiants 0
Forest Rangers 1-Zanaco 2
National Assembly 0-Zesco United 2
Nkwazi 0-Green Buffaloes 1