Zesco thwart Su­per­Sport in Confed Cup

Saturday Star - - SPORT - NJABULO NGIDI

fy­ing rounds and the group stage.

In those matches, es­pe­cially the group stage, Su­per­Sport only won one of their home matches but were strong on the road – scor­ing seven goals in three matches.

Last night they lost the bat­tle in the stands hands down. Zesco fans were more colour­ful and louder than their Su­per­Sport coun­ter­parts.

It was ap­pro­pri­ate that the Zam­bians oc­cu­pied the grand­stand as they looked and sounded like the home fans.

On the field, Reneilwe Let­sholonyane was at home – boss­ing the mid­field and spray­ing passes at will.

“Yeye” was only let down by the peo­ple on the re­ceiv­ing end of his passes, es­pe­cially Bradley Grob­ler who started on a shaky foot.

This south­ern Africa derby was played in a friendly spirit de­spite the com­pet­i­tive­ness that ex­ists be­tween South Africa and Zam­bia – the only na­tions in the Cosafa re­gion with an Africa Cup of Na­tions crown.

But that friendly spirit masked a dis­ap­point­ing out­ing for the fans who had to en­ter­tain them­selves with nei­ther of the goal­keep­ers tested.

The sec­ond leg is likely to be a more open af­fair as Zesco need a goal to take con­trol of the match and any re­sponse with a goal for Mat­sat­santsa will put them in a com­fort­able po­si­tion.

Su­per­Sport’s prob­lem was that they didn’t take this match by the scruff of its neck.

Thuso Phala tried to do that early in the match but his fire was quickly ex­tin­guished by an orange brick wall that stood in front of him.

Phala and com­pany will need to be more in­ven­tive in Ndola if they are to con­tinue their con­ti­nen­tal jour­ney that started with test­ing the club’s depth by field­ing fringe play­ers in the ear­lier rounds.

Thuso Phala of Su­per­Sport United, front, is chal­lenged by Jesse Were of Zesco.

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