Zambia: Kigonya, Rangers squander opportunity to win maiden title

Uganda Cranes goalie Mathias Kigonya and his Forest Rangers FC squandered a chance to go top of the FAZ/ MTN Zambian Super League as they lost 2-1 away to Power Dynamos on Monday.

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Uganda Cranes goalie Mathias Kigonya and his Forest Rangers FC squandered a chance to go top of the FAZ/ MTN Zambian Super League as they lost 2-1 away to Power Dynamos on Monday.

The loss for Forest Rangers means NAPSA Stars will go into the final round of games at the top of the table on 48 points.

Luke Chamanga was the hero for the home side as he scored twice, in the 16th and 59th minutes, to condemn the former league leaders to a second consecutive loss. Zikiru Adams’ late goal was only good for a consolation.

On the same day ( Monday), Kansanshi Dynamos drew 0-0 with Green Eagles at home a result which left the visitors in sixth place.

Nkana came from two goals down to draw 2-2 away against Red Arrows to remain in second place. Joseph Phiri gave Red Arrows the lead inside the opening minute of the game and veteran forward James Chamanga doubled the hosts’ advantage in just before the hour mark.

Uganda Cranes goal keeper Mathias Kigonya (3rd from left kneeling) with teammates| Courtesy photo.

However, Nkana fought back with Idris Illunga Mbombo scoring twice in the 70th minute and 74th to earn visitors a hard fought for point.

ZESCO United gave themselves a slim chance of clinching the title after edging Lusaka Dynamos 1-0 away from home. Poso Mayenge scored into his own net on the hour mark to gift champions a narrow win which saw them climb up to the third place.

Else where, Kabwe secured a 12th victory of the season following a 1-0 win against Lumwana Radiants with Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba netting the only goal. Nkwazi edged second-from-bottom Mufulira 1-0 courtesy of Davy Kalandanya’s strike.

Meanwhile, Green Buffaloes FC and ZANACO were both awarded 3-0 victories against bottom-of-the-table Kabwe Youth Academy and Nakambala Leopards respectively.

Following the conclusion of the latest round of games, only three points separate the top six teams with only one round of the season left as the Football Association of Zambia elected to end the season early due to clubs flouting COVID-19 regulations.

This means that six teams are in with a chance of clinching the title when the 27th round of matches is concluded. Forest Rangers, who are seeking their maiden title, had led the table when the season resumed last month.

NAPSA Stars (48 points) hold a one point lead over second-placed Nkana having secured a 2-0 win against Buildcon on Friday. ZESCO United and Forest Rangers are third and fourth respectively on 46 points while ZANACO and Green Eagles, both on 45 points, round off the remaining positions.

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