…as Power beat Nkana 1-0 to amass 49 points
THE Police in Kitwe yesterday obliged to the Nkana fans demand to have their fellow supporter released from custody or end the match against Power Dynamos in 46th minute.
The Super Division rescheduled Week 27 match between Nkana and Power played at Arthur Davies Stadium was halted for over 10 minutes after the Kalampa fans threw bottles of beer on the pitch protesting against the Police decision to apprehend an unruly fan for purportedly causing trouble.
Patson Daka scored the only goal in the 19th minute when he headed home sending Nkana goalkeeper Scott Ngokane in the air.
But a minute after the break, referee Wisdom Chewe had to stop the match and called for tight security to handle irate Nkana supporters who started throwing bottles of beer and other missiles on the pitch.
The Nkana Football Club management and the Police pleaded with the fans to stop their hooliganism behavior for the match to resume. But the pleas fell on deaf ears.
Police relented and released the fan who appeared drunk and was escorted to the terraces where he hesitated to jump over the wire fence for a minute.
The match could not immediately resume as Power goal keeper Allan Chibwe insisted for the broken glasses to be picked from his territory.
Striker Ronald “Sate Sate” Kampamba helped Police officers and Nkana management to pick up the bottles and broken glasses.
Meanwhile, Power dominated the first half of the match with good passes putting the Nkana goalkeeper under pressure.
Kennedy Mudenda, Kelvin Mubanga and Daka caused trouble in the Nkana defence.
In second half, Walter Bwalya and a tightly marked Kampamba produced blunt shots on target.
Power came close to increasing the tally when Kelvin Kampamba’s thunderbolt shot was saved by Ngokane in the 77th minute.
Third placed Power now have 49 points, a point behind Nkana and six point gap against leaders Zanaco.