18 February 2013

Zambia: Jacob Keeps Scoring Streak

ZAMBIA'S burly striker, Jacob Mulenga continued with his fine club form when he scored his ninth goal of the season as his Dutch side, FC Utrecht lost 2-1 to Eredivisie leaders, PSV Eindhoven at the weekend.

Mulenga put Utrecht ahead on 10 minutes when his shot from outside the penalty box was deflected by PSV skipper, Mark van Bommel and sailed over goalkeeper, Boy Waterman.

The Chipolopolo top man is nine goals behind Eredivisie top scorer, Wilfried Bony of Ivory Coast who has hit the target 18 times this season.

However, PSV rallied 19 minutes later when Belgian striker, Dries Mertens leveled matters with a curling free kick over the Utrecht wall.

PSV grabbed the winner on 65 minutes through Georgino Wijnaldum who was set up by Jeremain Lens.

The Dutch side, where Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya left a mark in the 1990s, held on to the lead despite being reduced to 10 men after Atiba Hutchinson was red carded. Utrecht are sixth on the log on 39 points, 11 behind PSV.

In South Africa, Chipolopolo first choice goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene conceded twice late in the second half as Free State Stars surrendered 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.

Mweene captained Stars where Zambian midfielder, Noah Chivuta also made a second half appearance in this ABSA Premier Soccer League (PSL) match.

Striker Collins Mbesuma watched from the bench as Orlando Pirates demolished Comoros' Djabal 5-0 in the first leg of the preliminary round in the 2013 Orange African Champions League at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.

Zimbabwean Takesure Chinyama hit the target four times for Pirates with Sifiso Myeni scoring the other goal.

Chipolopolo defender, Joseph Musonda came on as a 68th minute replacement for Latvia defender, Ritus Krjauklis in Golden Arrows' 1-0 loss to Amazulu in the ABSA PSL.

In England, Emmanuel Mayuka's Southampton was enjoying a break after being eliminated from the FA Cup competition that dominated the weekend, while the Chinese League, where Chipolopolo players Christopher Katongo, Isaac Chansa and James Chamanga are based, is still on a break until March.

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