Chamanga fires Free State down


Zambian striker James Chamanga, who hit a PSL-record five goals against Platinum Stars on Sunday, was again in hot form, hitting a brace to move clear at the head of the Premiership’s scoring charts on nine goals.

After a bright start to the match, it was Swallows who broke the deadlock on the 20 minute mark when Chamanga drilled home a left footed shot from within the 18-yard area to put his team in the lead.

Stars dominated the rest of the first half, but struggled to bring strikers Sthembiso Ngcobo and Diyo Sibisi into the game, leaving the visitors a goal to the good at the interval.

Chamanga then doubled his tally soon after the restart, shooting past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene after being set up by strike partner Sandile Ndlovu.

Stars’ Jimmy Kauleza forced ‘keeper Greg Etafia into a good save just a few minutes later and Duncan Lechesa shot wide from the resulting corner, as Stars looked to bring themselves back into the game.

But a combination of poor finishing and some stout defending by the Birds ensured that the visitors handed Ea Lla Koto their first home defeat of the season.