Forest Rangers have made history by lifting the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Carling Black Label Charity shield after causing an upset against Zambian champions Power Dynamos.
Rangers came from behind to beat the reigning FAZ MTN Super League champions 3 goals to one in a match where supporters were given the opportunity to select players.
An uninspiring Power team was seen off by three first half goals scored by Forest at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Power drew first blood in the 14th minute after Andy Boyeli finished from close range to give Zambia’s envoys to the CAF Champions League a deserved 1-nil advantage.
The lead was, however, short lived as Forest drew level when Moyela Libamba powered home from inside the eighteen yard box to make the score 1-all.
A powerful header by Gerald Simusokwe from an Eric Chomba corner kick in the 40th minute gave Forest the lead in the match for the first time.
The Ndola outfit had gathered momentum after a slow start to the match and put what would prove to be the icing on the cake at the stroke of half time, after Power Dynamos goalie Lawrence Mulenga parried a Libamba shot but Lazarus Chishimba was at hand to knock the rebound home, making the score 3-1.
Both teams had a chance to score in the second half but it was Forest Rangers that controlled the proceedings despite neither team finding the back of the net in the second stanza.
Despite the match being a curtain raiser for the new season, the morale boosting win by Forest Rangers will give their Head coach Ian Bakala confidence to achieve more for the new season.
Forest forward Libamba walked away with 25 thousand Kwacha after putting in Man of the match performance.
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