Thursday Sep 30, 2021. 09:00
The extra-ordinary start to the 2021/2022 FAZ Super League continued on Wednesday with a giant-killer result headlining the day and there was also respite for Zambia’s struggling continental envoys.
At Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka, debutants Kafue Celtic recorded a major result with a stunning 2-0 home triumph over defending FAZ Super League champions Zesco United.
Christopher Bwlaya and Richard Daka’s goals in the 27th and 61st minutes respectively dispatched Zesco to their first league loss of the season to end the holders’ two-match winning start to the season after three games played.
The result lifts ex-Chipolopolo midfielder Joel Bwalya’s Celtic from 14th to number eight on 7 points, one point more than Zesco who drop from sixth to ninth after their one hundred percent was brought to an end.
Celtic’s victory came four days after they pulled off another big kill when they beat Buildcon 1-0 away in Ndola to end their hosts reign as early season pacesetters and unbeaten start.
Buildcon stayed second after they recovered from that loss with a 0-0 home draw against Power Dynamos in Ndola.
The draw finally handed Power their first point of the season after losing their opening four matches much to the relief of coach Masauso Tembo.
Buildcon have 10 points but are three points behind leaders Green Buffaloes who are now just one of two unbeaten sides left together with Lusaka Dynamos at the end of round five.
Buffaloes showed no mercy for bottom placed Kabwe Warriors following a 2-1 home win over the latter at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Striker Friday Samu put Buffaloes ahead in the 19th minute, Paul Simpemba sealed the result in the 39th minute.
Twiza Chaibela scored Warriors consolation goal on the stroke of halftime.
Warriors are rock bottom after sustaining their third successive defeat and are now the only side without a point.
The Railwaymen are also without a win in all their five competitive games this term following their recent preliminary stage elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup a fortnight ago after CFFA of Madagascar beat them 2-1 at home to eject them from continental competition by the same aggregate score line.
But CAF Champions League representatives Zanaco and CAF Confederation Cup envoys Red Arrows finally ended their losing league starts to the season.
Zanaco drew 0-0 away at Green Eagles in Choma while Red Arrows fought from one-down to snatch a 1-1 draw at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe against promoted Konkola Blades.
Ex-Zimbabwean international Nelson Maziwisa put Blades ahead in the 3rd minute but the peerless 2012 AFCON winning striker James Chamanga converted a 51st minute penalty to hand Arrows their first point of the season.
Sixth placed Lusaka Dynamos’ unbeaten start continued with a 0-0 away draw to Forest Rangers in Ndola.
Dynamos are sixth on 7 points, one point behind fourth placed Forest.
Meanwhile, at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe, Nkana’s two-match revival was halted after losing 1-0 at home by promoted Chambishi.
Chabala Kasanda’s 36th minute goal handed Chambishi their first win back in the top-flight since 2009 and in the process ended Nkana’s two-match winning run.