Arrows miss Wednesday window to clinch title, Blades demoted

Arrows miss Wednesday window to clinch title, Blades demoted
Red Arrows player in action

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Apr 21, 2022. 12:30

Red Arrows will have to wait for at least their penultimate game of the season to be crowned the 2021/22 FAZ Super League champions after they were held away on Wednesday by Kabwe Warriors.

The leaders threw away a one-nil lead to finish 1-1 against Kabwe Warriors in a Week 32 fixture at Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu Stadium in Kabwe.

Alassane Diarra put Arrows ahead in the 31st minute to score his fourth league goal of the campaign, but their lead lasted just eight minutes after Zimbabwean midfielder Ocean Mushure  equalised to see the two sides share the spoils.

With two games left to play, Arrows have 64 points and must now beat Chambishi at home in Lusaka on April 24 to finally put the title race to bed.

Arrows’ draw means their lead has been marginally cut to from seven to five points after Zesco United’s 1-0 home win over Lusaka Dynamos in Ndola.

Zimbabwean midfielder Thabani Kamusoko scored the winner in the fifth minute for the defending league champions.

Green Eagles stayed third on 56 points following a 2-2 home draw with Kafue Celtic. Goodwin Chipanama and Liniker Mwiikisa scored for Eagles, while Maxwell Mulutula and Albert  Kangwanda were on target for Celtic, the latter netting his 12th goal of the season, and two behind leaders Ricky Banda of Arrows and ex-Green Buffaloes striker Friday Samu.

Nkana consolidated fourth point and are on 49 points following a 2-0 home in Kitwe over Buildcon thanks to a David Obashi 13th minute penalty and a Jacob Ngulube 89th minute goal.

At the other end of the log, Konkola Blades are the first team relegated following a 2-1 home loss to Prison Leopards at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe. Damiano Kola put Prison ahead in the 13th minute but Maybin Kalengo’s 80th minute equaliser gave Blades some last minute hope.

However, Landu Miete converted a stoppage time penalty to dispatch Blades back to the FAZ National League. This was Blades’ first season back in the top-flight since the 2017 season.

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