Thursday, July 25, 2024

Nkana draw but on course for top 2 finish


Nkana on Sunday stayed on course for 2018/2019 CAF Champions League qualification following a 1-1 away draw at Red Arrows.

The draw at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka saw Nkana break clear in second place by a point on 69 points, eight behind Zesco United with three games left to play.

First and second place finishers represent Zambia in the CAF Champions League.

Fred Tshimenga’s 40th minute goals gave Nkana a 1-0 halftime lead but that lead lasted just a minute after the restart when Yusuf Phiri struck to ensure the two sides shared the spoils.

Arrows are tenth after the draw to stay unbeaten for a tenth successive match on 49 points.

And in the lunchtime kickoff at the same venue, Power Dynamos ended their six-match winless run with a resounding 4-2 away victory over Lusaka Dynamos.

Jean Mindeke first half brace in the 16th and 40th minutes put Power 2-0 into the break.

But Emmanuel Habasimbi cut that lead in the 55th minute before midfielder Larry Bwalya put some distance between the two sides with Power’s third goal in the 61st minute.

Martin Kayuwa made it 4-1 with an 84th minute but Dynamos then put some respectability on the score line through Mwila Phiri in the 87th minute.

Power are sixth on 53 points while Lusaka Dynamos are ninth on 51 points.

Meanwhile, fifth placed Zanaco kept their slim chances of playing CAF Confederation Cup football alive with a 2-0 away win over Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy in Kabwe.

Martin Phiri and Chitiya Mususu’s goals in the 61st and 89th minutes respectively sent second from bottom KYSA back to Division One after just one season in the FAZ Super Division.

Zanaco have 63 points, five behind Green Eagles and Green Buffaloes as the chase for the number four and three Confederation Cup qualification spots heats up with three matches left to play.

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