Leaders Power Dynamos were held to a goalless draw by Nchanga Rangers in their MTN Super League clash on Saturday and had their advantage at the top of the table cut to a still commanding eight points as they close in on a first championship for 12 years.
Dynamos have four matches left in the league campaign and will be expected to complete the job in the coming weeks, but were held by a Rangers side who maintain their unbeaten record at home this season.
Green Buffaloes moved into second with a 2-1 victory over Zesco United as they now lead the race for the second Caf Champions League qualification spot, likely ending Zesco’s slim hopes of achieving that themselves.
Lazarous Kambole had given Zesco a fourth-minute lead, but goals in the second half from Moonga Chilimba and Fanwell Mapulanga set Buffaloes up for the win.
Forest Rangers ended their recent winless run with a 2-0 success at home to relegation-threatened Lumwana Radiants and move up to third in the table, 10 points behind Dynamos. Libamba Moyela and Bornwell Mwape scored the goals for the hosts.
Zanaco moved out of the relegation zone with a crucial 1-0 victory over Kansanshi Dynamos thanks to a winner midway through the second half from Francis Moustapha.
Zanaco started the day in the bottom four, but are now three points clear of the drop zone.
Nkwazi have replaced them after they slipped to a 1-0 loss at Prison Leopards, who scored the only goal of the game via David Obashi in the first half.
Already relegated Buildcon were thumped 4-0 by Kabwe Warriors as Samuel Onyango scored a hattrick for the visitors. Their fourth goal came via Tapson Kaseba.
Finally, the match between Red Arrows and FC Muza was abandoned at halftime with the score at 1-1 when it is alleged that Muza team members were physically assaulted by home security.