MIGHTY Mufulira Wanderers yesterday survived the Zesco United scare and banged maximum points in a FAZ/MTN week 33 match played at Shinde stadium via a 1-nil score-line to move to 39 points.
Wanderers made their intentions known within three minutes when Rahim Osamanu found the back of the net with the easiest of the tap in after catching Jacob Banda off-guard.
Joseph Sitali started the move with a long ball to Osamanu on the right before the towering striker beat his marker, looked up and saw Banda poorly placed and lofted the ball to the left to send the noisy Shinde fans wild.
Mighty continued tormenting Zesco with a high tempo game giving the power-utility company sponsored outfit no chance for its traditional flee-flowing football as the visitors dominated the midfield and remained water-tight at the back in defence to thwart any of the marauding movements from the opponents.
Zesco came close to levelling the scores when Daut Musekwa overlapped on the right and released Mwelwa Mwape whose pass was scuffed by Mighty defenders.
The ball fell graciously to Jackson Were who pumped a thunderbolt at close range but Robert Mwanza parried the ball before it was cleared to safety.
Mighty would have doubled the advantage with 20 minutes played when Osamanu controlled a high searching ball inside the 18-yard box but was not exquisite in his final delivery as he sent the ball agonisingly wide.
Three minutes later, Idris Mbombo crossed a sitter for Were but the Kenyan international failed to convert for his side.
Mighty again threatened with Osamanu on 33 minutes after a long clearance from his defenders but failed to convert with Zesco defenders seemingly depleted before Taonga Bwembya became another culprit a minute later when he skyrocketed his effort from the edge of the box.
Wanderers continued searching for more goals in the second half and were a marvel to watch in the opening exchanges as they pinned the visitor in their own half with pin-point passes that slowed down Zesco’s movement in the final third of the pitch.
With scorer of the day Osamanu proving to be a handful for the Zesco defenders, Mighty controlled the midfield and dictated the tempo of the game, which almost became ill-tempered.
Both teams came into the second half purposefully and went for a winner but the home team held resolutely to ease the nerves as the Mufurila-based outfit has been lurking the relegation waters for some time now.