Wednesday Jun 02, 2021. 19:00
Ten-man Napsa Stars survival hopes remained very shaky on Wednesday after a 2-1 home loss to Lumwana Radiants in a relegation zone dogfight at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Zambia’s 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup group stage envoys remain inside the bottom four relegation zones with three matches left after sustaining their fifth successive league defeat.
But Napsa made a promising start when Danny Silavwe’s booming shot from the edge of the box was too hot to handle for Lumwana goalkeeper Katembwe Ngelekwa.
Silavwe missed an opportunity to get a brace in the 18th minute when his shot was saved by Ngelekwa as Napsa controlled proceedings heading into halftime.
Napsa then missed another chance to add to the cause in the 57th minute when Simon Nkhata sent his header onto the roof of Lumwana’s net.
Two minutes later, Lumwana equalized through a Dominic Chungwa header.
It got from bad to worse for Napsa in the 61st minute when defender Amos Simwanza was red carded for a high boot on Musonda Siame.
It was the second defensive setback Napsa had suffered after halftime following Chipolopolo defender Luka Band’sa departure in the 46th minute when suddenly felt unwell during the break.
Lumwana then capitalised on Napsa’s defensive woes and got the winner in the 71st minute through a Dina Dinanga header after beating Napsa goalkeeper Philip Banda to a long-range delivery from Ngelekwa at the other end of the pitch.
Napsa stay put at number 16 on 37 points, four points more than Lumwana who are second from bottom on 33 points.
But the pressure remains on Napsa whose next game is away to leaders Zesco United on June 9.
A win for Zesco in that match will hand them the league title and push Napsa a game away from demotion.