20 November 2012

Zambia: Jacob Salvages Point for Utrecht

TOWERING striker Jacob Mulenga's fine scoring form continued at the weekend when he scored in FC Utrecht 1-1 draw against FC Twente in a Dutch Eredivisie week 13 match played at the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht.

Mulenga, who made his comeback for the Chipolopolo in a 1-0 win over Bafana Bafana in the Mandela Challenge playing 45 minutes, has now scored four goals since making a return from injury close to a year.

The match started on a fast note with the visitors taking an early lead in the second minute through Willem Janssen but the home side levelled through a Mulenga header off a Tommy Oar free-kick.

Mulenga, however, wrapped up his performance with a yellow card after he dived inside the box in the 87th as the two sides shared spoils.

Utrecht are sixth on the log on 22 points, 11 points behind league leaders PSV Eindhoven, with FC Twente in second position with 30 points followed by Vitesse Arnhem in third with 28 points as Ajax and Feyenoord are fourth and fifth positions on 24 points.

In Belgium, striker Roger Kola made a return to action in KAA Genk 2-0 defeat to Lierse after serving a 12 match ban and could not find the back of the net.

Kola was sent off in August during a Belgium Jupiler Pro League week five league by referee Luc Wouters after a horrendous challenge on Lokeren defender De Bock in a which Gent went on to win 2-1.

The Royal Belgium Football Association (KNVB) disputes committee slapped Kola with a 12-match ban and fined him K7.4 million (1,200 euros) for a two-footed horror tackle.

In South Africa, Chipolopolo goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was on the losing side as his Free State Stars side was eliminated from the Telkom Challenge by Bloemfontein Celtic winning 3-2 after extra time on Sunday.

And Kickoff reports that Zesco United striker Alfred Luputa is heading to Bloemfontein Celtic for a three week trial with the hope of getting a contract at a club that is searching for a top international striker and coach Clinton Larsen hopes that Luputa will impress.

"We do have good strikers in our team but we need a top international striker that will give the likes of Lerato Manzine competition up front. We have been looking for a top striker since last season and we will not stop until we find our man. But I hope Luputa is the right man." Larsen said.

The 21-year-old who arrives in South Africa on Thursday will return to Zambia on December 4.

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