POWER Dynamos catapulted back to second position on the MTN/FAZ Super League table after beating Napsa Stars 1-0 in a week 19 fixture played at Lusaka’s Woodlands Stadium yesterday, having been upstaged by their nemesis Zanaco on Saturday.
The Kitwe side is on 39 points and a point behind ZESCO United who await FAZ decision after their game against Mighty Mufulira Wanderers was abandoned on Saturday.
On Saturday, Zanaco dislodged Power from second place after beating Lusaka Dynamos 2-0 at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka. But Zanaco is back in third place on 38 points.
The first half of the Power-NAPSA game started on a jittery note with both teams exhibiting poor communication on the ball in the first 10 minutes of the match.
However, NAPSA Stars upped the tempo when Saith Sakala tested the goal with a thunderbolt which missed the post but gave Power a scare.
NAPSA Stars continued to press on with Davie Kalandanya giving Power a headache with his skilfull play. But still NAPSA failed to find the back of the net.
Later, Power’s Luka Lungu dribbled through the NAPSA defence but his fall inside the box after a soft push by defender Mambwe Musonda did not earn him a penalty as the referee ruled play on.
Chipeta Kobe of Power was given a yellow card in the 38th minute after he fouled Kalandanya outside the box. But Djunase Kanda’s free kick went over the cross bar.
In the 42nd minute, Power introduced Julius Situmbeko for Patson Daka but the first half ended on a stalemate.
Power dominated the second half and created many scoring chances but had to wait until the 49th minute when NAPSA Stars made a defence error in clearing the ball, allowing Kobe to give his team three points with a hard shot.
In the 59th minute, Kalandanya was substituted for Isaac Ngoma after showing signs of tiredness.
A minute later, coach Wilson Mwale reinforced the team by replacing Sakala with Jean Semaho. But the changes did not yield positive results for NAPSA Stars.
Power suffered a setback in the 75th minute after first choice goalkeeper Joshua Titima was substituted for Becky Bizangi after he collided with Ngoma, resulting in an injury. NAPSA continued to press on for a consolation goal, but their efforts were fruitless.