Indeni Football Club yesterday became the first club to win the FAZ Eden University National League after easing to a 2-0 victory over Zesco Malaiti Rangers thanks to a brace by veteran striker Graven Chitalu in the first half.
Coming into the match on Thursday, Dabid Chilufya’s charges had already been assured of Super League football next season but still needed to beat the Lusaka-based Zesco United feeder club to stand a chance of grabbing the title.
Team Oilo led in terms of possession from the start as Malaiti were forced to camp in their own half as the attacking trident of youngster Simon Mwenya, Tranquillin Mwepu and Chitalu caused havoc for the visitors’ backline.
Chitalu who also scored the lone goal in the previous away fixture at Sinazongwe United last weekend, was on hand again to put the Ndeke township club in front in the 32nd minute as Mwenya initiated some clever play from the midfield before releasing Lazarus Chishimba on the flank and would then put the ball in space for the veteran marksman who utilized his experience to put the ball into the back of the net.
Team Oilo would double their lead with just a minute to the break as Chishimba and Chitalu combined again to send the hosts leading at the interval.
In the second half, Malaiti came out a much stronger side but the defensive backline lead by Cameroonian defence kingpin Clovis Tsinguia proved too strong to bleach.
Indeni after their victory at Indeni Sport Complex meant they would be crowned champions of the second-tier division as they went top with 55 points, one better than second place Prison Leopards.
A trophy presentation was later held at the Indeni Sports Complex where the team was presented with a trophy and a cheque of K125,000 by league sponsors Eden University.