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Swallows stun Zanaco as the bankers suffer defeat

Striker Felix Nyaende missed a stoppage time penalty as Mbabane Swallows scored a late goal to pick a surprise 2 – 1 away against Zanaco in the 2018 CAF Champions League 1st round 1st leg match played at Nkoloma stadium.

It was a lacklustre display by the Zambian champions who went in the match as favourites to win.

Swallows sat back in the first half showing very little in attack but doing enough to shut down the attacking threat of Charles Zulu and Ernest Mbewe on the flanks forcing Zanaco to try to go through the centre.

Once industrious Rusike had managed to release Zulu on the left, the pacey winger found Chavda Maisha with a cross into the box but he saw his header come off the upright.

Zanaco went up in the 40th minute when a long ball from Boyd Musonda found the head of Martin Phiri whose flick fell kindly for Maisha and he made no mistake in burying the ball.

It looked like Zanaco would go for the kill after the restart but a half-hearted aerial challenge by Musonda near the centre circle saw him lose the ball with Swallows going straight in attack. Taonga Bwembya was skinned at right back by the Swazi skipper who found Felix Badernhost at the back post to head home as Zimiseleni Moyo desperately tried to clear off the line in the 56th minute.

Coach Numba Mumamba rang the changes with Souleyman coming on for Musonda, Guily Manziba for Mbewe and Nyaende for Martin Phiri.

The changes did not help as the ‘Bankers’ looked disjoint in midfield and the visitors looked more confident.

Their calmness paid with a well worked go that saw an otherwise brilliant Toaster Nsabata beaten by some good footwork from striker McCreesh with four minutes to play.

There was more drama when the hosts were awarded a penalty in the last minute but Nyaende ballooned his effort over the bar.

Swallows will carry a vital lead into the second leg to be played in Mbabane in 10 days.

Zanaco XI v Mbabane Swallows

Toaster Nsabata – Taonga Bwembya, Zimiseleni Moyo, George Chilufya, Didi Kitumbo, Boyd Musonda (Souleyman), Ernest Mbewe (Guily Manziba), Rusike, Chavda Maisha, Martin Phiri (Felix Nyaende),  Charles Zulu

17 Comments to Swallows stun Zanaco as the bankers suffer defeat

  1. Gilbert says:

    Zambia soccer scene has proved that it is unable to play without foreigners showing that nothing is progressing towards the Zambia football. Today & yesterday’s results has shown darkness ahead.

    2 defeats at home & what more away fixtures looks like. That’s the end of it.

    Let’s give & use our local players than following the European clubs flair.

    That will affect the national team’s performance.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What is happening with Zambian clubs? I am scared. The results are telling us a story that is awkward.

  3. A bad day for zambian football not very happy I think its over

  4. slim says:

    Its not over yet! Zanaco will prevail in Mbabane. Mark m(y words!

  5. Prince says:

    Really Zanaco???????

  6. THE PROMISE ONE says:

    What a day in Zambia with this long weekend

  7. discipline says:

    Very hopeful they will all turn the tables

  8. Benny says:

    All the clubs this year proves 2 be useless l’ll stop watch them

  9. Positive thinking says:

    Oh weh!!!! Losing to a Swazi club honestly?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I also believe both will go through come end of match two encounter.

  11. Kasama Boy says:

    It is very difficult for all Zambia’s remaining representatives.

  12. Julio says:

    Shocking result. Clearly ZANACO did not take their chances, the Swazi’’s took theirs. However, Impossible is nothing. ZANACO can still march to the next round if they will be more clinical and tactically disciplined.

  13. dani says:

    So zanaco have become customers to Mbabane swallows.

  14. kamwa says:

    Any of the four could have won the league last season, it was decided by the last game. This indicated that the four teams were at par last season, however the transfers and acquisitions of players has greatly affected their performance. Its no surprise for me to see all the four teams struggling in continental leagues. We are over bar in our expectations!

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