NATIONAL Assembly and Nakambala Leopards’ fears of playing division one football next season are almost certain after losing their Week 24 MTN/FAZ premier league matches against Zesco United and Green Buffaloes respectively with six games remaining before the season closes.
A brace from in-form Winston Kalengo and Jackson Mwanza was enough to confine National Assembly to the relegation zone at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola yesterday.
Zesco United dominated the match with brilliant passes exhibited in the first half .
The George Lwandamina tutored side opened the scoreline in the fourth minute through Jackson Mwanza.
Zesco continued to outplay Assembly with Chipolopolo striker Kalengo scoring the second goal in the 15th minute. Within a space of four minutes, Kalengo found the back of the net to seal Zesco’s victory.
Assembly scored their consolation goal in the 63rd minute through a spot kick converted by Simon Silwimba.
Midfielder Clifford Mulenga made his debut and was instrumental in helping Zesco acquire full points.
Zesco still lead the table on 55 points with a game int hand while tail enders Assembly have 17.
Meanwhile, visitors Nakambala failed to grab an outright win to revive the hopes of staying in the Super Divison as Green Buffaloes proved their dominance in a game played at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Buffaloes dominated the first half with Adrian Chama almost finding the back of the net in the fifth minute but his free kick safely landed in goalkeeper Moses Mapulanga’s hands.
The Zambia Army sponsored-side continued to mount pressure on the Nakambala defence that earned them a penalty in the 11th minute after Jasper Masialeti was brought down by Kelly Kumwenda. Skipper Christopher Katongo confidently converted the spot kick to give Buffalos the lead.
Four minutes later, Buffaloes could have added a second goal but Felon Sitonya’s shot outside the box went over the crossbar.
Nakambala upped the tempo and equalised in the 17th minute through Junior Zulu from Lameck Banda’s setup.
The Bilton Musonda tutored-boys shattered Nakambala’s hopes in the 43rd minute after Chama scored the winning goal through a free kick which was a deflection from defender Webster Mulenga.
In the second half, Buffaloes were in full command but Katongo and Masialeti failed to convert clear chances. Katongo was later substituted for Lottie Phiri who almost scored in the 74th minute.
Buffaloes maintain fourth position on 40 points while Nakambala is second bottom with 19.