CAF CL: Kambole demolishes Swallows with hat-trick
Zesco United kept alive their chances of qualifying to the quarter finals of the 2018 CAF Champions League when they walloped Mbabane Swallows 3 – 0 thanks to a Lazarous Kambole first half hat-trick.
Missing up to four key players owing to visa issues and injury, George Lwandamina had to do with what he had and he named a changed team that saw Anthony Akumu Agay and Solomon Sakala play in central defense while young Shemmy Mayembe filled in at right back.
Despite the changes, Zesco looked like they wanted it more and were attacking from the start.
The goals came late in the first half after Lazarous Kambole benefited from two assists from Maybin Kalengo before he showed individual brilliance to complete his hat-trick in a space of 5 minutes between the 38th minute and 43rd minute.
Kambole starts the move from midfield, passes to Kalengo on the left side of the box who lays it in the strikers path as he dashes into the box, he controls shoots hard and low but the keeper saves. Kambole is picks his spot from the rebound to finish with his first touch
Swallows try to start from the back right on top of the box, Kalengo quickly challenges the defender and the ball finds Kambole who calmly controls the ball in the box to rifle it into the roof of the net
Long laow ball from defense finds Kambole who is tightly ploiced by his marker near the centre circle with his back to goal…. flicks the ball with the outside of his right boot and runs round the defender on the left side to find the ball again… steady’s himself to shoot past the goal keeper who was off his line from 40 yards
Zesco basically managed the game well in the second half defending well and attacking sporadically and they could have added more but for the failure of Kalengo close range.
The goals take Kambole to 6 goals in the tournament this season one behind the leading scorer.
Zesco also move into second position on 5 points with one more game to play at home against group leaders Etoile du Sahel who have 10 points with a game in hand.
Zesco United XI v Mbabane Swallows
Jacob Banda – Shemmy Mayembe, Fuckson Kapumbu, Solomon Sakala, Anthony Akumu, Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila, Lameck Banda (Mwelwa Mwape), John Chingandu, Maybin Kalengo (Dave Daka), Lazarous Kambole
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