Forest Rangers coach Tennant Chilumba says they have a very big say in the direction of 2019/2020 league title in Thursday’s final round decider despite Monday’s loss in their penultimate league game of the season.
Forest returned to action after a controversial last three weeks that saw them out of action due to a reported 28 Covid-19 cases in their team.
But it wasn’t a memorable return after they lost 2-1 away at power Dynamos that saw them fail gain an advantage to go top of the table after staying put at number four on 46 points, two behind leaders Napsa Stars whom they host in their big season finale this Thursday in Ndola..
“Firstly I want to congratulate Power; they played a very tactical game. But of course we won’t sit down. We will continue working hard because the chance is still there,” Chilumba said.
“We have played Napsa before. We know they are tactical but of course we are lacking match fitness. We have stayed almost two weeks without training. But that is not the excuse. We will go back and work hard.”
The first leg meeting against Napsa ended 0-0 in Lusaka on November 2, 2019.
Four teams head into the final day with hopes of clinching this season’s title.
Defending champions Zesco are third, tied with Forest on 46 points, while Nkana are behind Napsa on 47 points.
Green Eagles and Zanaco have an outside chance of finishing second and are tied on 45 points.
Green Eagles 0- Zanaco 1(Roger Kola 35′ pen)
Napsa Stars 2(Collins Sikombe 6’73’pen)-Buildcon 0
Lumwana Radiants 0-Kabwe Warriors 1(Akakulubelwa Mwachiyaba 27′)
Lusaka Dynamos 0-Zesco United 1(Paso Mayenge 40’og)
Red Arrows 2(Joseph Phiri 1′,James Chamanga 57′)-Nkana 2 (Idris Mbombo 68′ 73′)
Mufulira Wanderers 0-Nkwazi 1(Davy Kalandanya 20′)
Kansanshi Dynamos 0-Green Eagles 0
Power Dynamos 2(Luka Chamanga 16’59’)-Forest Rangers 1 (Adams Zikiru 82’pen)
2019/2020 TOP SCORERS
James Chamanga(Red Arrows):15
Baba Basile(Lusaka Dynamos):15
Jesse Were (Zesco):13
Rodgers Kola (Zanaco):12
Adams Zikiru (Forest Rangers):11
Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars) :10
Jimmy Ndhlovu(Kabwe Warriors):10
Kennedy Musonda (Green Eagles 5/Power 4):9
Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes):8
Winston Kalengo (Zesco):7
Ronald Chibwe(Green Eagles):6
Emmanuel Manda(Lumwana Radiants):6
Moses Phiri (Buildcon 4/Zanaco 2) :6
Spencer Sautu(Green Eagles):6*
Bornwell Mwape (Napsa Stars):6
Daniel Chama (KYSA):6
Quadri Kola (Zesco 2/Forest 3):5
Larry Bwalya(Power Dynamos):5
Royd Alfonso (Kansanshi Dynamos):5
Elias Maguri(Nakambala Leopards):5
Luka Chamanga (Power Dynamos):4
Akakulubelwa Mwachiyaba(Kabwe Warriors):4
Aubrey Funga(Lusaka Dynamos):4
Moonga Chilimba (Buffaloes):4
Chris Mugalu (Lusaka Dynamos):4
Fredrick Mulambia(Power Dynamos):4
Dave Daka (Power Dynamos):4
Webster Muzaza (Forest Rangers):4*
Jamal Jefaru (Mufulira Wanderers3/Buildcon 1):4
Martin Dzilah (Lumwana 3/Nkana 1):4
Tapson Kaseba (Green Eagles/Napsa 1):4
Jeff Banda (Nkwazi):4*
Danny Silavwe(Napsa Stars):3
Dominic Changwa (Lumwana) :3
Tafadzwa Rusike (Zanaco/Zesco 1):3
John Makwatta (Zesco):3
Stephen Mutama(Nkwazi) :3
Willy Stephanus(Lusaka Dynamos):3
Ali Sadiki(Kabwe Warriors):3
Felix Bulaya (Nakambala):3
Doisy Soko (Napsa Stars):3
Shadreck Mulungwe (Green Eagles):3
Laudit Mavugo (Napsa Stars) :3
Emmanuel Phiri (Kansanshi):3
Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows):3