23 FEBRUARY 2021
Woodlands Stadium, Lusaka, on Saturday, 20 February 2021, City of Lusaka recorded a 1-0 win over 16th placed Kashikishi Warriors.
Yamoto lined up with a few changes from the lineup that faced Trident in Match week 17. New signing, Kabengele Musonda started the match at left back in place of Matthew Shichone, with Charles Katongo, Chadrack Bofenda and Angel Lubamba also dropping to the bench. In their place Titus Chibuka, Harry Milanzi and Emmanuel Kalala started the match.
Kalala was in good form coming into the game, having won a penalty against Konkola Blades, and scoring a free kick against Trident. He started the match as a lone striker with Mundia and Milanzi coming in off of the wings. Yamoto started the match well with good intensity, however some slopping passing provided Kashikishi with a few early chances on the counter attack.
However Yamoto made a few good openings in the first period. in the 8th minute Kalala received the ball with his back to goal and chipped a pass over the Kashikishi left back to an on rushing Harry Milanzi. “Mila” was played in one v one with the keeper and fired his shot just wide of the upright.
Shortly after that, Clement Shimonde picked up the ball on the left hand side beating his man and curling a cross into the edge of the box with the outside of his right foot. Milanzi received the ball with a great first touch putting him one v one with the Kashikishi Captain and Goalkeeper. Mila fired his shot directly at the keeper, who saved well, however Kalala was on hand to tap in the rebound and bring his tally to two goals in two games.
The Yamoto faithful thought that City would push on to extend their advantage against weaker opposition. However with the heat of the afternoon getting to the players, standards dropped. The passing became a bit disjointed, and Kashikishi pressed well, forcing Yamoto to play a long ball game. Kashikishi continued to add pressure as the free kick count of the match soared.
The constant stoppages killed the momentum of the game, with the referee awarding at least 25 fouls inside the first half of the match. However just before the half time whistle Milanzi picked up the ball from a defensive clearance. He drove up the field creating a 2 v 1 scenario. With Kalala to his right and only one defender between Yamoto and the goal, Milanzi drove inside and was well shepherded by the defender. Kalala was livid and the chance was gone.
Half time: Yamoto 1-0 Kashikishi
At the half, Yamoto Captain Anthony Moyo was replaced by Chadrack Bofenda, as the captain had not fully recovered from a knock to the head earlier in the match. The second half started slowly with a great many stoppages killing the flow of the match.
With Yamoto struggling to take control of the game, Coach Veselin Jelusic, made two changes with 30 mins remaining. Angel Lubamba and Francis Banda entered the game for Titus and Clement Shimonde. Angel made an immediate impact rolling past the left back with his pace and strength and playing a low cross into the box.
On the 70th min Francis played a cheeky through ball to Angle who smashed a vicious volley from the edge of the box that was tipped over by the goalkeeper. In the next phase of play, Kalala was played in on the right and side and saw his shot from close range get deflected over the bar after a Kashikishi defender threw his body in the way of the goal-bound strike. From the resulting header Chadrack ‘Solja’ Bofenda had a free header which he sent past the upright.
With 15 mins remaining it seemed that no matter the number of chances created, that Yamoto could just not add a second goal. Coach Vesko made his final two subs of the match, bringing off Kalala and Milanzi. Matthews Sichone entered the match, with Paul Ngoi moving into midfield, and Chitoshi Mukuma came on for his Yamoto debut!
The game continued to be disjointed with City retreating to a defensive formation to see out the last few minutes of the game. Chitoshi was looking dangerous on the counter attack, but City were camped in their own half defending the long balls played by the opponents.
The fourth official put up her board for 6 minutes of added time. in the 95th min Angel was played in behind the Kiashikishi high line and was streaking away toward the Kashikishi goalkeeper, however he was signaled offside in a highly controversial call.
The resulting free kick was awarded within the City of Lusaka half of the field, despite the technical bench’s protests, reminding the referee team that you can’t be offside in your own half, the decision stood. A long ball was played into the Yamoto box, and Alex Chanda attempted to clear the ball with an overhead kick. The ref adjudged this to be a high foot in the box and dangerous play, he awarded Kashikishi a 96th min penalty.
With Yamoto 1-0 to the good, the Kashikishi left back stepped up to rescue a point for his team. After a long pause he ran up and fired his penalty over the crossbar and out of the stadium. Yamoto more relieved than satisfied, were happy to hear the final whistle signaling that City of Lusaka had secured the three points.
Full time: Yamoto 1-0 Kashikishi Warriors
8′ Emmanuel Kalala
City remain third in the table with Kansanshi Dynamos, Chambishi and Nchanga Rangers all dropping points. City’s next match is against Mufulira Wanderers on Sunday, LIVE on ZNBC 3!
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