Sunday Nov 14, 2021. 21:09
A set of braces on Sunday saw Red Arrows settle for a 2-2 home draw against newcomers Kafue Celtic in a FAZ Super League Week 14 match played at Nkoloma Stadium.
It was a difficult result to bear for 2020/2021season third place finishers Arrows who have now raked-in four straight draws since beating Prison Leopards 1-0 away in Kabwe on October 28.
But Arrows looked like they were heading for victory when they led two-nil well into the 42nd minute after Ricky Banda scored his first half brace.
Banda fired in his first goal from close-range in the 4th minute and completed his brace in the 42nd minute when he headed-in George Mendu’s cross.
But Celtic’s comeback began just two minutes later when Christopher Phiri cut the lead with a shot from the edge of the box to also score his first of two on the day.
Phiri had just come on for Mwiza Siwale in the 20th minute after the striker suffered a suspected concussion following a collision with Arrows defender Tresor Tshibwabwa.
Meanwhile, the woodwork conspired against Celtic in the 70th minute when Albert Kangwanda watched as his free-kick came off the beam.
However, Phiri made no mistake when he poked-in the equalizer during a goalmouth scrum in the 89th minute to see Celtic rise one place to 8th on 14 points.
Arrows too made some gains despite the draw, rising two places to number 13 on 11 points after moving from the top half of the bottom four relegation zone.