…own goal gifts Lusaka Tigers with 1-all draw
NKANA’s 100 percent winning streak in the FAZ/MTN league yesterday grounded to a halt as Walter Bwalya’s own goal deep inside the stoppage time at the Independence Stadium gifted Lusaka Tigers a 1-all draw to deny the Red Devils a deserved win.
The game started on a high note with both teams searching for an early goal where Nkana’s hardworking Bwalya coming close to breaking the deadlock as early as the 4th minute after combining well with Austin Muwowo but his last touch went begging.
Nkana continued to build slowly but steadily though their final intentions were kept in check by Tigers’ defenders who kept its strikers at bay as they surrounded Bwalya to give him no space, thereby limiting his movements.
Nkana’s goalkeeper Given Sinyangwe was shown a yellow card after 12 minutes of play as he brought down a Tigers player from outside the box with the resultant free kick wasted.
Nkana then broke the deadlock in the 20th minute with a neat header from Muwowo who caught the Tigers’ defenders napping from a corner kick but Sinyangwe was forced into a smart save on the other end as Tigers responded almost immediately through a counter attack. Bwalya’s frustrations continued as he was denied another chance with 37 minutes played after Maybin Chishimba’s rocketing shot two minutes later from outside the box went wide.
Tigers were not short of activity in Nkana’s own half and would have levelled the scores with four minutes to full time but Ilunga Ngole’s tame shot went directly to Silungwe.
Kabasa then became the second player to be booked for a foul on Bwalya few metres away from the half way line but Chishimba’s resultant free kick went wide.
Tigers’ real chance to level matters came in the 44th minute when a blunder in the middle of the pack by Nkana players gifted the ball to Isaac Muzala who raced with it but miscalculated his pass to his colleagues who were waiting in the box and it was cleared. The second half saw a see-saw performance from both teams though Nkana still retained much of the supremacy with Bwalya wrecking havoc on the Tigers’ defenders but who stood their ground.
However, Bwalya turned out the major culprit of the day deep in the concluding minute of added time when he headed a free-kick into his own goal to share the spoils with Tigers.
In yesterday’s other fixture, Nkwazi beat NAPSA Stars 2-0.