2016–17 Zambian Premier League

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Zambian Premier League
Season2016
ChampionsZanaco
RelegatedLusaka Tigers
Mufulira Blackpool
Nakambala Leopards
Champions LeagueZanaco
Matches played302
Goals scored597 (1.98 per match)
Top goalscorerWalter Bwalya (24)
Biggest home winZanaco 6-0 Mufulira Blackpool
(25 June 2016)
Biggest away winLusaka Dynamos 1-6 Zanaco
(13 August 2016)
Highest scoringNkana 6-3 Nakambala Leopards
(22 October 2016)
Longest winning runZanaco (8)
Longest unbeaten runZESCO United (15)
Longest winless runMufulira Blackpool (33)
Longest losing runMufulira Blackpool (9)
2015
2017
All statistics correct as of 10 December 2016.

The 2016 Zambian Premier League is the 55th season of the Zambian Top League. The season began on 12 March 2016. ZESCO United are the defending champions, coming off their second consecutive title and fifth overall, all in the last nine years.

Teams locations

Locations of the 2016 Zambian Premier League teams

Zambian Premier League expanded from 16 to 18 teams for the 2016 season with two clubs relegated to Division One and four promoted. Konkola Blades and National Assembly were both relegated to Division One after finishing 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 2015 season. Kabwe Warriors, Lumwana Radiants, Lusaka Tigers and Mufulira Blackpool were each promoted from Division One.[1]

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Zanaco (C) (Q) 34 25 6 3 71 16 +55 81 2017 CAF Champions League
2 ZESCO United 34 21 9 4 57 19 +38 72
3 Nkana 34 21 7 6 58 31 +27 70
4 Power Dynamos 33 18 7 8 47 26 +21 61
5 Green Buffaloes 34 15 8 11 38 32 +6 53
6 Kabwe Warriors 34 13 11 10 33 28 +5 50
7 Red Arrows 34 11 13 10 27 30 −3 46
8 Nkwazi 34 10 15 9 40 39 +1 45
9 Forest Rangers 34 12 7 15 26 33 −7 43
10 NAPSA Stars 34 10 12 12 28 30 −2 42
11 Nchanga Rangers 34 10 9 15 28 36 −8 39
12 Lumwana Radiants 34 9 11 14 23 31 −8 38
13 Mufulira Wanderers 33 6 18 9 23 33 −10 36
14 Lusaka Dynamos 34 9 9 16 28 50 −22 36
15 Green Eagles 33 8 11 14 23 30 −7 35 Relegation to Elite Two
16 Nakambala Leopards (R) 34 8 11 15 24 39 −15 35
17 Lusaka Tigers (R) 34 5 10 19 18 49 −31 25
18 Mufulira Blackpool (R) 33 0 12 21 9 49 −40 12

Updated to games played on 10 December 2016.
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Positions by round

Leader
Relegation to Elite Two
Team ╲ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Zanaco 8 4 2 3 5 10 12 4 3 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
ZESCO United 8 14 8 12 15 9 6 2 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 6 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 2
Nkana 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
Power Dynamos 1 6 9 13 7 6 4 7 6 5 5 6 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
Green Buffaloes 3 5 6 6 10 11 8 6 4 4 4 5 6 4 4 5 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5
Kabwe Warriors 8 12 12 15 9 13 9 10 11 12 7 10 7 7 8 8 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6
Red Arrows 8 10 11 14 16 11 13 10 9 8 9 8 12 11 13 11 10 10 8 7 7 7 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 8 8 7 7
Nkwazi 14 17 16 9 4 5 3 3 5 6 6 4 5 6 7 7 8 9 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 9 9 9 10 10 7 9 9 8
Forest Rangers 6 9 14 8 11 14 16 16 17 11 13 7 9 8 6 6 7 8 10 11 11 12 9 10 11 12 8 8 8 8 9 7 8 9
NAPSA Stars 14 15 15 16 18 17 17 14 15 13 12 16 15 16 15 13 13 15 15 16 16 15 14 14 10 8 10 11 9 9 10 10 10 10
Nchanga Rangers 16 7 10 5 2 4 5 9 7 9 10 11 10 12 10 9 9 7 7 8 9 9 10 9 8 10 11 14 12 12 13 11 11 11
Lumwana Radiants 8 10 5 11 14 8 11 13 13 16 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 17 17 15 15 16 16 16 15 13 14 13 14 14 14 12 12
Mufulira Wanderers 6 2 4 4 8 7 10 12 12 14 15 13 8 10 11 12 12 11 11 12 12 11 12 12 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 13
Green Eagles 16 18 17 18 13 16 15 15 14 15 16 15 15 13 14 15 15 14 13 13 14 13 13 13 13 14 13 12 13 13 11 13 14
Nakambala Leopards 8 12 12 7 6 2 2 5 8 7 8 9 11 9 9 10 11 12 12 10 8 8 7 7 9 11 12 10 11 11 12 14 15
Lusaka Dynamos 3 3 7 10 12 14 14 17 16 17 14 12 14 15 17 17 17 13 14 14 13 14 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Lusaka Tigers 3 8 3 2 3 3 7 8 10 10 11 14 13 14 12 13 14 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
Mufulira Blackpool 16 16 18 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

Last updated: 10 December 2016
Source: Soccerway

Top scorers

As of 10 December 2016
Rank Goalscorer Team Goals
1 Zambia Walter Bwalya Nkana 24
2 Kenya Jesse Were ZESCO United 16
3 Zambia Felix Nyaende Forest Rangers 11
4 Zambia Patson Daka Power Dynamos 10
Zambia Roderick Kabwe Zanaco 10
Democratic Republic of the Congo Idriss Mbombo ZESCO United 10
Zambia Fashion Sakala Zanaco 10
8 Zambia Aubrey Funga Zanaco 9
Zambia Saith Sakala Zanaco 11
10 Zambia Isaac Chansa Zanaco 8
Zambia Stewart Chikandiwa Nkwazi 8
Zambia Jacob Phiri Kabwe Warriors 8

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Stewart Chikandiwa Nkwazi Lumwana Radiants 0-4[2] 7 April 2016
Jesse Were4 ZESCO United Mufulira Blackpool 5-0[3] 30 April 2016
Justin Shonga4 Nkwazi Kabwe Warriors 4-1[4] 21 May 2016
Aubrey Funga Zanaco Mufulira Blackpool 6-0[5] 25 June 2016
Saith Sakala Zanaco Lusaka Tigers 0-4[6] 24 July 2016
Walter Bwalya Nkana Nkana 6-3[7] 22 October 2016

4 Player scored 4 goals.

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