Zanaco are on the verge of winning the 2016 MTN Faz Super League after they came from behind to defeat Napsa Stars 2-1 in a rescheduled week 28 match played at the Sunset Stadium on Wednesday.
The victory means that Zanaco moved to 72 points from 31 matches and now hold a five point lead over second placed Nkana who can only finish the season on 70 points if they win their match against Forest Rangers during the weekend of 3rd to 4th December.
They also hold a 12 point advantage over third placed Zesco United who defeated Kabwe Warriors in the other rescheduled fixture played on today and can finish on 72 points if they won all their four remaining games.
That means Zanaco need just a single point from their remaining three games and that could come in the match against Lumwana Radiants next Wednesday.
Zanaco are now also assured of playing in one of the Caf Club Competitions next year as they cannot finish lower than second.
Napsa Stars were always on the front foot in the first half against a Zanaco side which was made to look ordinary despite fielding a strong starting eleven.
Enock Mwepu gave the hosts the lead on 35 minutes when his shot from close range deflected off defender Fackson Kapumbu to beat goalkeeper Racha Kola.
Zanaco made two changes before the break and another immediately after with Augustine Mulenga, Boyd Musonda and Attram Kwame replacing Charles Zulu, Richard Kasonde and Saith Sakala respectively.
It was Kwame who started the comeback in the 58th minute when he equalised from a free kick and perhaps Napsa Stars were unfortunate to concede again in the 79th minute when their defender Alex Mwamba's clearance header came off the crossbar into the net for Zanaco's second goal.
Meanwhile at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola it was Idriss Mbombo who bagged a brace against his parent club Kabwe Warriors to help Zesco United to move to 60 points from 30 matches and reduce the gap on Nkana to seven points.
Zesco can finish above Nkana if they win all their remaining matches which are against Napsa Stars (H), Nakambala Leopards (H&A) and Lumwana Radiants (A).