CAF CL: Two injury time goals sink Zesco in Angola
Zesco United were beaten 2 – 1 by Primero de Agosto of Angola after conceding two injury time goals to leave their chances of making the quarter finals of the 2018 CAF Champions League bleak.
Zesco looked to be cruising to victory after John Chingandu put the Ndola based side ahead in the 67th minute but some unconvincing defending saw Zesco concede in the 90th minute and the 7th minute of stoppage time.
Agosto looked the more likely to score in the first half as they effectively used the wings with the George Lwandamina side struggling to defend the crosses.
Zesco’s best chance of the first half fell to Lazarous Kambole when he turned in the box to shoot but even his shot was tame.
After the restart, Zesco were the better side and were pressing the hosts.
Kambole and Chingandu linked up well in the 48th minute but Zambian striker was only denied by some good goal keeping as they showed real intent in attack.
But it was Agosto who came the closest to score when a well taken shot from outside the goal was too strong for Jacob Banda’s hands as it slipped through only to come off the upright in the 54th minute.
The goal came from a counter attack on the left led by Kambole who laid the ball for Chingandu on the edge of the box to shoot with accuracy past the goalkeeper.
With Zesco looking comfortable on the ball and playing to hold out for the win, a cross from the right was not defended and they were punished by the slightest of a back-heel touch by Geraldo for Agosto to equalize in the 90th minute.
The referee indicated 5 minutes of additional time but let the match play on into the 7th minute.
With Zesco under pressure, another cross from the right this time found unmarked Unge who headed home past Jacob Banda.
The loss leaves Zesco United at the bottom of group D with 2 points having failed to pick a win in 4 games.
The Angolan side moves into second position with 5 points with two games to play.
Etoile du Sahel who will play Mbabane Swallows later this evening lead the group on 7 points while Swallows are third on 4 points.
Two teams will qualify to the next round from each group.
Zesco Starting XI v Desportivo
Jacob Banda, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, David Odhiambo, Marcel Kalonda, Akumu Agay (Misheck Chaila), Kondwani Mtonga, Lameck Banda, Jackson Were (Maybin Kalengo), Lazarous Kambole, John Chingandu
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