CAF CL: Zanaco through to group stages as they dump Yanga out
Super League champions Zanaco have qualified to the lucrative group stage of the 2017 CAF Champions League tournament on away goals after playing to a goalless draw with Young Africa of Tanzania.
The Zambian champions proceeded on a 1 – 1 aggregate scoreline thand to a Kwame Attram away goal.
Numba Mumamba made on change to the starting XI bringing in U20 international Boyd Musonda for Richard Kasonde in midfield as Zimiseleni Moyo who covered in midfield in the away game won the right to start in the defensive midfield position.
Yanga looked more cohesive in their play in the first half building from the back and always looked a threat through Aubrey Chirwa and Simon Msuva.
Zanaco came close in the 36th minute when Moyo sent in a curling free kick from the right to the far angle but Deo Munishi in the Yanga goal was spot on when he tipped the ball out for a corner.
Zanaco started the second half on the front foot and they should have taken the lead two minutes after the restart when Augustine Mulenga ran at his marker on the left and squared the ball for Kwame Attram who picked it with his back on goal in the 6 yard box.
He had enough space to turn and once he did, he shot wide to miss what turned out to be the best chance of the game.
Three minutes later, the Ghanaian was again givenue sight of goal this time after another run into the box by Enerst Mbewe but he shot over the bar from near the penalty spot.
After that Zanaco were reduced to shots from range with Taonga Bwembya troubling the goalkeeper with his free kicks but both teams were failing to trouble the goalkeepers enough.
Justin Zulu thought he had won the tie for the visitors when he sneaked behind the defensive line on set piecebut his goal was ruled offside late on.
The draw sees Zanaco through to the group stage while George Lwandamina’s Yanga will drop to the Confederations Cup.
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