It was a fairly busy weekend for Zambian players abroad with Belgium based Fashion Sakala on target for his club for his club KV Oostende in their 3-1 win over Zulte Waregem on Friday while there was an assist for Patson Daka in Austria in Red bull Salzburg’s 3-2 away win over Rheindorf Altach in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Sakala came off the bench in the 55th minute and completed KV Oostende’s rout of Waregem in the 90th minute.
His compatriot Emmanuel Banda is still on the mend after recovering from injury.
In Austria Daka and mercurial midfielder Enock Mwepu both started for Salzburg with the former weighing in with a 4th minute assist but was withdrawn in the 67th minute for Moanes Dabour while Mwepu also got substituted late in the second half for Amadou Haidara.
The two lads have been called up for Chipolopolo duty by national team coach Sven Vandenbroek.
Daka and Mwepu’s side host Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League plays offs with the first leg ending 0-0.
Redbull Salzburg is hoping to join the 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage under the new competition system.
Daka and Mwepu’s club are battling for six remaining slots of the play-off ties to be played on 21/22 and 28/29 August.
Draws for the UEFA Champions League will be held on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
In Armenia Lubambo Musonda played the entire 90 minutes and provided an assist as his side drew 1-all with Shirak in the Armenian league.
Defence kingpin Stoppilla Sunzu has maintained his place in the Ligue2 side Metz by putting in another 90 minutes shift for the table toppers.
FC Metz edged Troyes 1-0 away to maintain top spot in the league and keep their dreams of promotion alive early in the season.
Djurgardens striker Edward Chilufya has remained involved in the main team and came off the bench in 70th minute with his club recording a 2-all draw with Barkroth FC.
Elsewhere Chipolopolo call up Gamphani Lungu’s stock continues to rise as he once again put in a full shift for SuperSport United who drew 2-2 with Kaiser Chiefs in the MTN 8 first leg semi-final clash.
Lungu who is a former National Assembly and Power Dynamos striker has been deployed in a makeshift right back role for SuperSport United and has not disappointed.
Chipolopolo shot-stopper Kennedy Mweene was in action for Mamelodi Sundowns who lost 1-0 to Cape Town City.
The rest of the Zambian players in South Africa were off duty as it was the MTN Top 8 weekend.
Next door in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the recalled trio of Rainford Kalaba, Kabaso Chongo and Nathan Sinkala were not in action as TP Mazembe is gearing for Tuesday’s CAF Champions League at home to Moroccan side Difa El Jadida.
Vandenbroek will be keeping an eye on the 26 players that he has summoned for Chipolopolo duty with camp commencing on Thursday
Earlier in Russia, Evans Kangwa Jr. replaced Kantemir Berkhamov in the 73rd minute in his new midfield role but could not prevent Arsenal Tula falling 1-0 to Rostov FC.
It was Arsenal’s third defeat in 5 matches so far.
The result pushed Rostov, Gift Kampamba’s former team, to second on the Russia Premier League table with 12 points just like league leaders Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Zenit have a game in hand and a better goal difference