CAF CC: Zesco United beat Kotoko to pave Nkana’s way to quarter finals
Zesco United salvaged some pride when they came from behind to beat Asante Kotoko 2 – 1 in the final round of games of the group stage of the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup.
The Zambian champions went in the game knowing they had no chance of qualifying to the next stage, but the Ghanaians had a chance of qualifying if they picked a win.
It looked a 50/50 affair in the first half with both teams creating chances but the Jacob Banda was the busier of the two goalkeepers as he pulled off key saves.
But the best chance of the first half fell to Zesco United when Jesse Were’s shot was saved by the Annan in the Kotoko goal but Kambole pounced on the rebound only to see his shot come off the upright.
After the restart, Asante Kotoko decided to introduce an attack minded player Nyarko and his presence had an immediate impact. A counter attack which started on the right was finished off by the substitute within a minute after the restart to give Kotoko the advantage.
Zesco started the come back in the 54th minute when Kambole ran into the box on the right channel to square a ball which was easily tapped in by Were who was unmarked.
They completed the comeback two minutes later when midfielder Kondwani Mtonga blasted home from inside the box for Zesco’s second.
The George Lwandamina coached side easily saw off the game with the visitors looking like they had run out of ideas to ensure they finish with a decent seven points (level with Kotoko) but with an inferior head to head record.
However, the significance of the result was that Kotoko’s loss paved the way for Nkana who were being battered by Al Hilal at the same time in Sudan.
Al Hilal qualify as group leaders on 11 points while Nkana qualify as the second placed team on 9 points.
Zesco United XI
Jacob Banda – Mwila Phiri, David Owino, Clement Mwape, Marcel Kalonda, Kondwani Mtonga, John Chingandu, Enock Sabumukama (Misheck Chaila), Quadri Kola (Mwape Mwelwa), Lazarous Kambole, Jesse Were (Rahim Osumanu)
Asante Kotoko XI
Annan – A. Frimpong, W. Adams, E. Badu, H. Mohammed, D. Darkwah, K. Bonsu, U. Bashiru, E. Gyamfi, S. Fatawu, D. Teguy
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