Mufulira Wanderers yesterday dropped into the relegation zone after failing to hold on to their lead and allowing Kitwe United to snatch full points in a Super Division Stream A Week 13 match. Kitwe climbed to eighth position with 10 points, one better than second from bottom Wanderers.
“This is a good win, we told the boys to be pressing and it paid. It is a good win. We are not safe [but] we need to keep pushing and playing for results. It is not over, this is not time to relax,” Kitwe coach Albert Kachinga said.
Wanderers coach Elijah Chikwanda blamed the defeat on complacency. “It is a difficult situation, the boys came back from half-time thinking everything is settled.
We need to keep our heads in the game. The boys let the team down. It is tough but we need to keep working,” Chikwanda said. Robin Siame cancelled John Goma’s goal before Holy Songwe sealed victory for coach Kachinga to register his first win.
Wanderers striker Goma pounced on a Mathews Macha pass to beat Kitwe goalkeeper Havesong Ching’ambu in the first minute.
Wanderers could have doubled the lead in the third minute when a poorly cleared ball from Kitwe skipper Moses Lolozi landed on Goma, but Ching’ambu was equal to the task.
Kitwe turned the screw in the second half with Siame slotting past Wanderers goalkeeper Edson Phiri on 53 minutes. A minute later Siame turned provider as his corner was headed in by Songwe.
Goma could have levelled when he beat an offside trap on 59 minutes but ballooned his effort with the goalkeeper beaten. Referee Audrick Nkole denied Kitwe a third goal when Rodgers Mukenge headed in a spilled ball but it was ruled offside in the 73rd minute.