Kalampa humbled in North Africa
2018 CAF Confederations Cup 1st round 1st leg: CR Belouizdad 3 – 0 Nkana
Zambia’s representatives in the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup Nkana FC were on Tuesday evening wired 3 – 0 by Algerian side Belouizdad in a first round first encounter played in Algeria.
Beston Chambeshi did not set his team out to defend going by the starting XI he named and the Kitwe based side were on track in the first half holding the Algerians to a 0 – 0 draw in a fast paced encounter.
Nkana’s downfall was mainly their own undoing as they were poor in defense in the second half allowing three goals.
Seconds after the restart, Belouizdad launched a long ball from their own half which saw goalkeeper Kelvin Mapulanga rush off his line but he was beaten to the ball by the striker who looped the ball into the net from the edge of the box with 23 seconds played in the second half.
Nkana continued to hold a high line in defense and they were punished by the pace of the host attackers when a through ball saw John Mwangeni out paced for the striker to slot home between Mapulanga’s legs in the 59th minute for their second.
It was an uphill battle for Nkana at this moment and they were dealt the final blow in the 70th minute when Gift Zulu failed to pick his man on the right who finished off a good cross from the left for their third.
The result leaves Nkana on the back-foot with the second leg slated for Kitwe on 17th March.
Nkana XI v Bouleizdad
1. Moses Moses Kelvin Mapulanga 2. Gift Zulu 3. Diego Apanane 4. Yannick Mulenda 5. John Mwengani 6. Amos Simwanza 7.Shadreck Musonda 8. Jacob Ngulube (Danny Silavwe) 9. Walter Bwalya 10 (Ronald Kampamba). Festus Mbewe 11 (Idriss Mbombo). Fred Soutra Tshimenga
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