Fans ‘baptize’ ref in Nkana shame

By Nation Reporter

NKANA fans yesterday vented their anger on referee Audrick Nkole by pouring water on him for disallowing Walter Bwalyas goal in a Week 15 match after failing to beat reigning MTN/FAZ Super Division champions Zesco United for an umpteeth time in 12 years.

The incident occurred in the second half when some fans managed to pour the water on him from the terraces as Nkole looked on dismayed.

Bwalya’s disallowed goal came in the 45th minute when he sneaked behind the Nkana defence to put the ball in the net. However, Nkole ruled out the goal for an off-side, thereby angering the Nkana fans.

The fans accused Nkole of favouring Zesco even when Bwalya’s goal was clearly not off-side.

The tightly contested match played at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe saw the hosts punished  1-0 for not converting several chances.

The Zesco goal came in the 33rd minute when Ben Banh headed in a Jesse Were corner as Nkana goalkeeper Scott Ngokene and his defenders tried to clear the ball in a goal mouth melee.

The match kicked off on a high note with the visitors having the early initiative with Idriss Mbombo coming close from a Clatous Chama pass in the 13th minute.

Nkana’s chance fell to Dienego Apanane in the 23rd minute when his thunderbolt went over the bar.

In the 29th minute Zesco almost took the lead but Christopher Munthali cleared Were’s cross in the box from the right flank. Another chance for Nkana came in the 38th minute when Aubrey Chamulwanda’s cracking free kick hit the post and was saved by Zesco goal keeper Lameck Nyangu.

The second half did not produce any sparks although Nkana continued to miss clear chances as they pushed for an equaliser. Walter Bwalya again failed to equalize for Nkana when his shot from a pass by Apanane was saved by Ngokene.

Zesco moved to third place on 25 points, three points from leaders Zanaco and Nkana with 28 points.

Meanwhile, at Lusaka’s Independence Stadium, Adrian Chama scored the only goal against Red Arrows to give his side Green Buffaloes the maximum three points.

Nakambala Leopards continued with their good performance this season, beating Lumwana Radiants 2-1.