Sunday Nov 07, 2021. 12:00
Zesco United’s poor start to their FAZ Super League title defence continued on Saturday when they lost 2-0 at home to Green Eagles at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Saturday’s defeat handed Eagles their first away win over Zesco since 2009 when they left Ndola with a 1-0 victory.
Zesco had themselves to blame for the defeat in a game they dominated in the first half particularly in the opening ten minutes but were guilty of poor finishing.
The nine-time Zambian champions even had the ball in the back of Eagles’ net in the 3rd minute but Zesco defender Solomon Sakala’s tap-in was ruled out for offside.
Three minutes later midfielder, Kelvin Mubanga’s applied excessive power behind the ball to balloon his shot in from an inviting Eagles’ goalmouth as a dominant Zesco headed into the break scoreless.
Zesco were severely punished for failing to turn a commanding show into goals not too long into the second half when defender Warren Kunda headed in Amity Shamende’s corner in the 58th minute.
Coach Mumamba Numba will surely be seeking answers as to why Kunda was left unmarked after he was gifted an early Christmas present.
Eagles delivered the final blow in the 70th minute when Derrick Bulaya beat Zesco goalkeeper Gregory Sanjase to an Emmanuel Mukosha cross from the far left.
The result sees Eagles leap from 13th to sixth on 13 points after ten games played.
Zesco stay third on 14 points from nine games played after suffering their second in loss from their last five fixtures in which period they have won just one match.
But fourth placed Buildcon, who also have 14 points, could replace Zesco on Sunday if they beat or draw at Kabwe Warriors.
Nkana, who have 13 points, also have an opportunity to sneak into third spot should they beat leaders Green Buffaloes on Sunday and Warriors do them a favour on the same date.
Meanwhile, second placed Nkwazi moved within two points of Buffaloes following a 0-0 home draw with Kafue Celtic at Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka.
Nkwazi have 19 points after ten games played while Celtic are eighth on 13 points.