11 September 2013

ZAMBIA : Green Eagles Subdue Buffaloes, Move to Third Place

GREEN Eagles moved into third position after beating fellow defence forces side, Green Buffaloes in a Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) A League, Week Nine match played at the weekend.
Eagles buoyed by a 76-70 win, surged to 15 points on the table, same as second-placed Lusaka City Council (LCC) Looters, who enjoy a superior goal difference, and are just a point behind league leaders, UNZA Pacers, who have played a game more.
Sunday's fixtures were postponed due to the national mourning for the late Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Kennedy Sakeni, who died on Thursday and was buried yesterday in Samfya.
Only three matches were played in the B League with Spartans beating Earthrow Bull Dogs 97-38 to maintain top slot with 18 points, just one clear off second-placed Junior Looters who humbled Chinzam Dragons 106-36 to move to 17 points.
Intrepid Bulls were 52-48 winners over Evelyn Hone College's Nishati Denvers to go into fourth place with 15 points, while the students remained positioned at 10 with 11 points.
Buffaloes thrashed Spartress 109-14 to move into joint league leadership of the Feminine League but an inferior goal difference relegates the army side into third position on 15 points same as leaders LCC Lootresses and second-placed Shells.
In the ZBA North A League, Lunga Bullets whitewashed Kwacha Crusaders 106-60 to maintain their single point behind CEC Cavs, who edged Riverside Titans 56-50 to lead the table on 17 points.
Other games played on Saturday saw YMCA beat struggling Ndola Nets 74-57 with Mufulira Magnets emerging 54-39 winners over Luanshya Eagles in league B.
Meanwhile, a 12-member strong Copperbelt select side has been picked to battle it out with their Lusaka counterparts for places in the national team on September 21 in Lusaka.
Bullets has contributed six players to the team under coach Brian Nsama and includes Blessing Akamandisa, Agrippa Chama, Mayeya Changalala, Michael Kaungu, Aubrey Kamwayi, Misheck Munika, Songi Mwanza and Gabriel Kashimoto.
Others are Kansoni Luwawa, Tazzy Mbewe (Ndola Nets), Fundale Kabwe (YMCA) and Emmanuel Chundaponde (CEC Cavs).
The trials conducted last week at the Copperbelt University also saw a women team picked and would be placed under the tutelage of Henry Mkandawire.
The team has Given Sikasote, Elizabeth Nakalumbi, Blessing Nanyangwe, Carol Mambo (CEC Queens) and Mutinta Mwandamina (CBURobins), Hellen Chikonka, Grace Malawo, Esther Seba (Mufulira Saints), Cynthia Mpilipili, Elizabeth Byambo (Ndola Nets) and Loveness Kapungwe (Konkola Angels).

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