CAF CC: Were brace hands Zesco United advantage over Kaizer Chiefs
Zesco United 3 – 1 Kaizer Chiefs (Lazarous Kambole, Jesse Were x2 | Khama Billiat)
Jesse Were scored a brace for Zesco United to help the Zambian Champions to a 3 – 1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the first leg of the pre-group stage round of the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup.
It was end to end action and both teams will feel they could have scored more goals having missed several chances.
Lazarous Kambole was in great form again and he opened the scores in the 25th minute benefiting from a Rahim Osumanu assist after some good work on the right from Were. Kambole controlled a pass from Osumanu on top of the box with one touch and rifled home to beat Vries in the Chiefs goal.
Were was at it again when he outpaced Hadebe on the right after a through ball from Chingandu. With the Kenyan headed for goal, Hadebe pulled him down in the box for a penalty which Were converted himself in the 31st minute.
George Lwandamina played a less familiar defence partnership of Clement Mwape and midfielder Akumu Agay in the absence of the usual defence pillars Marcel Kalonda and David Owino and the partnership looked shaky throughout the game.
Khama Billiat came close in the 40th minute when he found space in the box to shoot but he saw his effort come off the crossbar. He finally exploited an opportunity when Akumu let a high searching ball bounce for the Zimbabwean to power him off the ball and shoot home with brilliance in the 43rd minute.
After the restart, Kaizer Chiefs dominated play and were creating more chances, mostly being denied by excellent Jacob Banda in the Zesco goal. Zesco on the other hand were looking dangerous every time they went on the break.
The efficiency of Kambole finally paid off in the 53rd minute when he outpaced his marker to find his way into the box. His square ball found Were who made no mistake from close range to complete his brace.
Kambole who has scored 11 times in CAF competitions this 2018/19 season could have picked a brace but he failed to make contact with the ball after a good interchange of passes with Chingandu found him with only the goal at his mercy.
With the visiting team searching for a second away goal, the game remained open until the end with both teams guilty of missing chances while Zesco will mostly have the skipper Banda to thank.
The two team meet in the return match next week on Saturday 19th January. The winner over the two legs will qualify to the lucrative group stage of CAF’s second tier club competition.
Zesco United were eliminated from the Champions league by TP Mazembe.
Zesco United XI
Jacob Banda, Simon Silwimba, Mwila Phiri, Anthony Akumu, Clement Mwape, Misheck Chaila, Kondwani Mtonga, Jesse Were (Maybi Kalengo), Rahim Osumanu, John Ching’andu (Mwape Mwelwa), Lazarous Kambole
Kaizer Chiefs XI
Vries – Hadebe, Booysen, Kadonso, Walusimbi, Katsande (Moon), Ntiya-Ntiya (Zuma) (Parker), Ekstein, Manyama, Billiat, Castro
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