Controversy hounded Buildcon for a second successive league game this time away at Nkana when they were denied the prospect of a victory.
On Wednesday , Buildcon drew 1-1 with Nkana in Kitwe in a match they should have won despite the litany of poor decisions for both sides by referee Odario Mwiinde.
Just like in the last game against Nkwazi that ended 0-0, Buildcon had a goal disallowed and a player sent off.
Kings Kangwa joined club mate Lameck Banda as a the second successive Buildcon player to be sent off.
Nkana and Buildcon were locked at 1-1 when Kangwa’s stoppage time winner was cancelled for a mysterious foul .
Kangwa’s crime was to punish Nkana’s mistake-prone goalkeeper Allan Chibwe for spilling the ball and putting it in the back of the net and his protests quickly earned him a second booking.
The goal came after Chanda Mushili put Buildcon ahead in the 58th minute before Nkana striker Simon Bwalya equalized in the 85th minute; both goals were scored from suspected offside calls.
This time it was not Buildcon owner Moses Mubanga who gave a damning post-match account of the shambolic refereeing but his coach Srdjan Zivojnov.
“This is not correct, there is no point of us coming here if they [referees] want Nkana to be champions, they should just give them the championship, we were denied a clean goal,” Zivojnov said.
Meanwhile, Buildcon are second on 26 points tied with third placed Nkwazi with three games left before the continental and ABSA Cup slots are filled.
Nkana on the other hand are facing the strong prospect of not playing continental football in the 2019/2020 season or defending their ABSA Cup title this June.
Beston Chambeshi’s side is seventh on 18 points from thirteen games played and two matches in hand.
Nkana’s now obvious uphill battle of attaining the 30-point threshold they need to finish in the top two will be put to the test again this Saturday when they host Nkwazi who are making a strong case on the same front.