Thursday Mar 31, 2022. 11:00
Zesco United’s hopes of defending their FAZ Super League crown sustained a dent on Wednesday when they rallied to draw 1-1 at home with Prison Leopards.
The draw left second placed Zesco still a distant seven points behind leaders Red Arrows with six games left before the 2021/2022 league title is decided.
Wednesday’s home draw at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola also saw the nine-time champions held for their second successive match following a 0-0 away result against third positioned Green Eagles on March 23 in Choma.
A signal that the day would not end as planned started with striker Enock Sakala’s disallowed goal in the 27th minute following a 50-50 challenge for the ball with Prison goalkeeper Jeff Lungu as the two sides headed into the break scoreless.
Prison then took the lead immediately after the restart through striker Damiano Kola who scored with a near-post shot.
It took until stoppage time for substitute Pedro Miguel to head in the equalizer much to the relief of Zesco coach Mumamba Numba.
The Angolan striker, who replaced Collins Sikombe in the last ten minutes of the match, scored his second goal for Zesco since joining them in January from second tier club Trident FC where he came armed with 14 goals from seventeen matches.
Zesco moved an inch ahead of Eagles on 49 and 48 points respectively while Arrows have 56 points after 28 matches played.
Prison stay put at number 13 on 32 points.
Meanwhile, at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe, Kansanshi Dynamos moved to number eight on 39 points following a 2-0 away win over bottom of the log Konkola Blades.
Two ex-Zesco players were on target for Kansanshi when Davy Daka put Kansanshi ahead in the 6th minute before Jesse Were scored the final goal in the 14th minute to see Boyd Mulwanda’s side stay unbeaten for a ninth straight league game.