JOY IN CHOMA ……….. As Eagles seal historical CAF qualification
CHOMA — At the sound of the final whistle, a large swathe of the pitch was crowded by jubilant Green Eagles fans and officials – reverentially saluted the players for sealing their first ever CAF Confederation Cup qualification, following a 1-0 win over Zesco United on Saturday at Independence Stadium.
Pitch invasion, jubilations with tears of joy and songs of praises are what characterized the events of the post match.
In attendance of this crucial encounter for Eagles was former Minister of Higher Education Dr Michael Kaingu who was following proceedings from the VIP Section.
A lone strike from the spot in the 80th minute by Tapson Kaseba, whose had an illustrious season with 18 goals, propelled Eagles to silence the Champions.
Defender Marcel Kalonda was guilty of conceding the penalty when he brought down Shadreck Mulungwe in the area. Referee Evans Mulenga pointed to the spot without hesitation, eschewing massive protests from Zesco United players.
It was a game that was largely dominated by the home side and they could have easily won it by a huge margin, but many were the times Tapson Kaseba, despite netting the winner, and company were guilty of not being clinical in face of the goal.
However Coach Aggrey Chiyangi, in a post match interview did not admit this batts an eyelash ahead of much competitive fixtures in continental football.
“What is important for now is to look at how we have played. Continental football is another phase. So we are going to look at it in another way,” he said.
And Chiyangi was not deterred by the rescheduling of week 38 matches from 17 November to yesterday. He said he had told his charges to just work very hard and mint success.
“As you know the dates for qualifying to CAF were changed. So we had to abide by what they had said and so we said let’s just go out and work very hard and make sure that we win the game. And It’s good also that Zanaco have lost to Nkwazi.”
Meanwhile Zesco United 1st Assistant Coach Alfred Lupiya was not pleased by the penalty decision. He thinks Eagles did not earn yesterday’s victory over his side.
“What do you think yourself? Was that a penalty? Because I think it was not. Zesco has worked hard for the points they have, they [Eagles] should have as well earned the points today,” he said in a post match interview.
Green Eagles have now finished the season with 71 points, insurmountable to their CAF Confederation Cup slot rivals Zanaco, who lost to Nkwazi on the same day in Lusaka.
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