CAF CC: Nkana knockout Zesco as they go top

Zambian side Nkana FC leaped to the top of Group C in the CAF Confederstion Cup Group Stage when they beat Zambian Champions Zesco United 3 – 0. They will however have to wait for the other game in the group to confirm their position at the end of the round 5 games.

The three goals were scored in the second half in a game of two halves with Zesco dominating proceedings in the first half.

Nkana were without RIchard Ocran and Musa Muhammad who are suspended while Zesco United welcomed back Kondwani Mtonga but were still missing Mwila Phiri and Clement Mwape.

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Despite Nkana being the first to threaten in the first minute with a shot in the box from Shadreck Malambo, Zesco were curving out the better chances with Lazarous Kambole and Jesse Were being guilty of missing clear chances.

Determined to change their fortunes, Nkana made a substitution at the start of the second half bringing in Chisamba Lungu for Freddie Tshimenga. In bizarres circumstances, Chisamba went down unchallenged with his first touch of the ball and was substituted a minute later for Harrison Chisala.

Nkana were on the ascendancy from then on and it was Chisala who provided the assist when Kelvin Kampamba curled a shot from outside the box that beat Jacob Banda for the first goal in the 63rd minute.

Zesco pressed for an equalizer but it was the hosts who scored their second when Joseph Musonda’s free kick on the left from near the centre circle was cushioned by Walter Bwalya for Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba who reacted well to finish with a volley from inside the box in the 85th minute.

There was more to come in the 90th minute when substitute Shadreck Musonda store the ball from Shemmy Mayembe at the right corner flag to race into the box and score from a tight angle.

The win leaves Nkana on top of the group with 9 points as they await results from the Asante Kotoko v Al Hilal game which kicks off at 18h00.

Al Hilal are second on 7 points with Asante Kotoko on 6 points.

Zesco United are rooted on 4 points. With one more round of matches to play, Zesco habe no chance of qualifying to the quarter finals.

Nkana XI

Allan Chibwe – Gift Zulu, Joseph Musonda, Moses Nyondo, Ben Bahn, Duncan Otieno, Shadreck Malambo, Kelvin Kampamba (Shadreck Musonda), Freddie Tshimenga (Chisamba Lungu, Harrison Chisala), Walter Bwalya, Ronald Kampamba

Zesco XI

Jacob Banda – Simon Silwimba, Shemmy Mayembe, David Odhiambo, Anthony Akumu, Kondwani Mtonga, Mwape Mwelwa (Logic Chingandu), John Chingandu (Winstone Kalengo), Enock Sabamukama (Rahim Osumanu), Jesse Were, Lazarous Kambole

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