Power Dynamos could be crowned champions of Zambia’s MTN Super League as early as next week after opening up a 10-point lead at the top of the table this past weekend.
It is a commanding advantage with five rounds remaining as Dynamos seek a first title success since 2011, a victory that could be confirmed when they travel to Nchanga Rangers in their next game on April 26.
Victory there, and other results going their way, would see Dynamos crowned champions with an unassailable lead in the title race, leaving the chasing pack to scrap over CAF club qualifications places.
It follows a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Chambishi on Sunday in their last league game on Sunday.
Andy Boyeli scored twice for Dynamos to give them a 2-0 halftime lead, before Joshua Mutale added a third shortly after the break.
Mathews Simbeye netted what proved a consolation for Chambishi, who are now six points from safety and in some real trouble as they seek to maintain their topflight status.
In the second game scheduled for Sunday, already relegated Buildcon reportedly failed to travel for their fixture at Kansanshi Dynamos.
That means a walkover win for the latter, who climb to 11th in the table.
In matches played on Saturday, NAPSA Stars moved into second place following a thumping 4-1 victory over Breen Buffaloes.
Zikiru Adams scored a brace for Stars and Augustine Mulenga and Jimmy Mukeya were also on target as they romped to the win over Buffaloes, who they overtake in second place.
Defending champions Red Arrows move up to fourth with a 3-1 win over Prison Leopards, eight points behind Dynamos but perhaps more realistically in well in the hunt for the second CAF Champions League qualification place.
Arrows left it late with goals in the final three minutes from Ricky Banda and George Mandu, after they took the lead via Albert Kangwanda. David Obashi scored what proved to be a consolation for Leopards.
FC MUZA were dealt a blow in their bid for CAF places next season when they were 2-0 losers at home to Kabwe Warriors. Bartuel Tembo and Samuel Onyango scored for the latter.
ZESCO United moved up to sixth with a 3-2 victory over ZANACO, with all the goals scored before the hour-mark.
Collins Sikombe scored ZESCO’s first and Enock Sakala Jr grabbed a brace, all within 32 minutes, but a goal from Moussa Soulemanou and a penalty by Chawanangwa Kaonga kept the visitors in the game.
Forest Rangers’ poor run continued as they lost 2-1 at Nkwazi, whose victory takes them out of the relegation places.
Justin Shonga grabbed a brace for Nkwazi, scoring either side of a goal by Lazarous Chishimba for the visitors.
Nkana FC were held to a 0-0 draw at Lumwana Radiants, while Nchanga Rangers claimed a 2-1 success at Green Eagles.
Pedro Miguel and Elliot Kampukesa scored for the visitors, while Aaron Musore netted a penalty for Eagles.