By MICHAEL MIYOBA
LUSAKA Dynamos handed Green Eagles their second MTN/FAZ Super Division defeat following a 1-0 victory in a rescheduled week-10 fixture played yesterday at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
A lone first half goal from Cameroonian international Baba Basile handed Lusaka Dynamos their fourth win of the season after dropping points against Forest Rangers on Saturday.
The defeat was a big blow for Eagles’ coach Aggrey Chiyangi who expressed disappointment after the final whistle.
Chiyangi said the defeat derailed their ambitions of finishing the first round of the Super Division in the top four bracket.
“It is very disappointing because we never expected the defeat. If it was going to be the worst then a draw would have been better.
“A win would have taken us to third but losing like this is not good for the team,” Chiyangi said.
He noted the failure to convert their chances into goals as the reason why the Choma-based outfit lost.
Chiyangi said he was concerned with topman Tapson Kaseba’s failure to score from the numerous chances he had especially in the first half.
Meanwhile, Lusaka Dynamos young coach Ian Bakala congratulated his boys for putting up a spirited fight against a seasoned side.
Bakala said the win motivated Lusaka Dynamos players to keep a positive mind as they compete in the Super Division.
Basile scored the crucial goal which gave Lusaka Dynamos maximum three points 25 minutes after kick off, beating Eagles’ goal keeper Robert Mwanza after benefitting from Justin Manyepa’s assist.
Eagles’ quest to get the equaliser before halftime saw striker Kaseba failing to find the back of the net despite having hard numerous chances.
In the second half, Eagles were in charge of the game as Dynamos did the chasing to protect their lead.
After 53 minutes of play, Chiyangi introduced Samson Chilupe for Silwimba while Christopher Chola replaced Amity Shamende.
The change made no impact forcing Chiyangi to substitute his top striker Tapson Kaseba for Shardreck Mulungwe whose first attempt at goal was a side netting.
Lusaka Dynamos young goal keeper Reagan Simango rescued his side after he denied Kennedy Musonda from equalising with his sublime long range shot from outside the 18-yard in the 79th minute.
Simango was also alert to stop Gozon Mutale from converting a free kick from the danger zone in the dying minutes of the game which went in favour of the home team.
The win over Eagles propelled Lusaka Dynamos to 11th on the 18-team Super Division table with 16 points while Eagles maintained sixth position with 24 points.