The tension was palpable as the Kabwe Warriors and Prison Leopards faced off in the highly-anticipated local derby at the UCAR Chitalu Stadium. The stadium was packed with passionate fans, decked out in their team’s colors, ready to cheer on their beloved squad.
As the game kicked off, the Warriors immediately took control of the match, with Tinklar scoring in the 9th minute to give them an early lead. The Prison Leopards fought back, but the Warriors defense held strong, thwarting their attacks at every turn.
As the first half came to a close, the Warriors were in a commanding position, but they knew they couldn’t let their guard down. The Leopards were a dangerous side, known for their never-say-die attitude.
The second half began, and the Leopards came out with renewed determination, pushing forward in search of the equalizer of which they managed to bag in 50th with the goal coming from Obash But it was the Warriors who struck next, with Akakulubelwa netting the crucial second goal in the 68th minute.
The Leopards threw everything they had at the Warriors, but the defense held firm, and the Warriors secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
The win was a massive one for the Warriors, lifting them out of the relegation zone and into 14th place in the league. The fans were ecstatic, and the players basked in the glory of the victory.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game, but we stayed focused and played as a team,” said Warriors captain Tinklar. “We’re thrilled to get the three points and move up the league table.”
The Warriors now turn their attention to their next match, a trip to the capital city of Lusaka to take on Red Arrows. With the momentum of this victory behind them, the Warriors will be looking to continue their climb up the league standings.
In other news, Zesco United and Nkwazi FC played out scoreless draw in Ndola, with both teams coming into the match on the back of mixed recent results.
Overall, it was a great day of soccer, with plenty of action, drama and excitement that thrilled fans of the Zambian local league.