ZAMBIA midfielder Mwape Musonda has made headlines in the South African media after coming off the bench to snatch a winner for his team Lamontville Golden Arrows in its 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Sunday.
The win takes Clinton Larsen’s men to the eighth spot on the Absa Premiership log table with 28 points from 20 matches while Stars remain in the fifth position with 34 points.
Although the match lacked spark in the beginning, Tlou Segolela delivered a great corner in the 14th minute, searching for Bonginkosi Ntuli, but defender Gladwin Shitolo managed to produce a fine clearance to stem the danger.
A minute later, Segolela, who had a good game, whipped in another set piece but Namibian international goalkeeper, Maxmillian Mbaeva, fisted the ball to make a save.
However, the hosts also went forward, probing for an opening goal in the 23rd minute. Kudakwashe Mahachi saw his set piece going inches wide away from Mbongeni Mzimela’s far post.
Little known back in Zambia, Musonda initially made his name at Konkola Mine Police where he scored 10 goals in the 2012 season when the club from the northern border town of Chililabombwe made its top flight debut.
Musonda also received his only Zambia cap to date that year under Herve Renard on August 8 in a 2-1 friendly win over Zimbabwe in Ndola.
Mine Police later loaned the player to six-time Zambian champions Zanaco the following season where he had a modest season, scoring two goals.
Mwape then decided to leave Zambia at the end of his loan spell at Zanaco for South Africa where he resurfaced at Africa Sport Youth Development Academy where he transited en route to Pirates in South Africa which was the first team he joined after leaving Zambia.