Coton Sport beats holders Berkane, JSK leave it late to hold NAPSA

JS Kabilye scored two goals in six minutes as they wound up a commendable comeback, rallying from two goals down to hold Zambia’s Napsa Stars to a 2-2 draw at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Kabilye were headed for a loss after Jimmy Mukeya’s header and an own goal from Ahmed Kerroum had given the home side the lead.

However, Napsa found themselves losing concentration in the final minutes of the game, Amos Simwanza scoring an own goal and Massinissa Nezla equalizing at the stroke of full time.

The point sees Kabilye move top of the group with four points while Napsa drop to bottom with a single point.

The pensioners were off to a brilliant start with their early pressure paying off after 12 minutes. Mukeya headed in the opening goal from close range after Doisy Soko’s initial header off an Austine Banda cross came off the upright.

Napsa continued dominating the proceedings with Banda and Soko causing all sorts of danger in the final third, but couldn’t get a goal to count for it.

They doubled their tally in the 62nd minute thanks to some comic defending from Kabilye. A long ball from keeper Rabson Muchelenganga caused confusion between Kerroum and Ahmed Ait Abdessalem who both went for the ball under pressure from Soko.

Kerroum poked the ball beyond his own keeper as he tried to shield it from the marauding feet of Soko.

Another defensive lapse almost saw Kabilye concede the third when the keeper miscommunicated with his defender coming out for a ball. Banda picked up the ball but his lob was cleared on the lne by Abdessalem.

Napsa were enemies of their own fight for success as they let Kabilye into the game eight minutes from time when Simwanza scored in his own net as he tried to keep out a Rida Bensayah header off an Abdelmoumen Chikhi cross.

At the stroke of full time, Napsa conceded same way Kabilye did for the second goal. Substitutes Luka Ng’uni and Aaron Kabwe clashed as they went to defend and aerial ball with Nezla benefitting, picking the loose ball and firing it into the bottom left.

Meanwhile in Garoua, Coton Sport bounced back from the opening day loss to Kabilye, beating defending champions RS Berkane. Souaibou Marou and Sibiri Sanou had the goals for the home side in the 54th and 72nd minutes.

The result sees the Cameroonians move to second in the group