Coach Bob Mpinganjira’s shrewd second-half substitutions proved a master stroke as his Bvumbwe Research FC sprung from behind to punish Azam Tigers Reserve 3-1 at the BAT Ground in a Premier Division thriller that attracted an estimated 20 fans.
Second half goals from substitutes Steve Chidumayo and Nathane Chisamba punished Tigers. Chisamba cancelled Tiger’s first-half opener by Kondwani Tsamba in a match that left fans on the edge of their seats with beautiful passing football. However, both teams are not in title contention as they lie mid table.
Winless in the recent past four games, Tigers cruised into the fast lane from the first whistle of the delayed match as Tsamba drilled the ball into the roof of the net after a swift counterattack that saw the ball switched from left to right. In reaction, Tigers coaches Jafali Sanudi and Sam Namuko flashed smiles.
Bvumbwe’s cause was not helped by an injury of dribbling wizard Matthews Boloweza before half-time which found Mpinganjira’s charges still trailing 1-0. Pace and trickery was Tigers’ weapon, but after break, they lost steam and with it, their legs.
Looking composed, Mpinganjira threw in action Chidumuyo who popped at the far post to nod in the equaliser deep in the second-half. Then winger Ben Mbewe burst on the left wing with a mazy run before squaring the ball onto the path of Chidumuyo who side-footed the ball into the net.
Two quickly became three as Chisambo dribbled and finished coolly past an otherwise impressive Tigers’ goalkeeper Stuart Chingwalu. Chidumulo came close to a treble, but his elegant back-heel rolled out wide.
Earlier, Bvumbwe captain Peter Cholopi came close to scoring as the former Super League champions, parading ex-Big Bullets defender Peter Mpulula, threatened to register a cricket score. Mpinganjira was nonetheless content.
In other games, BNC Produsak frustrated leaders Surestream Academy to a goalless draw in Chilomoni Township. Earlier at the BAT, Isaac Ng’oma netted twice as Ginnery Corner United 1hammered Jali Rangers 4-2.