STUB­BORN ZESCO HOLD SU­PERS­PORT Rooney de­serves warm wel­come - Mou

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- Su­perS­port United were held to a 0-0 draw by Zesco United in 2017 CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup quar­ter-fi­nal first-leg match at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Zam­bia’s Zesco will host South African side Su­perS­port in the sec­ond-leg game which will be played at the Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium in Ndola next week Saturday.

Mat­sat­santsa en­joyed more pos­ses­sion in the open­ing stages of the match as they looked to pen­e­trate the Zega Mambo de­fence.

The vis­i­tors thought they had taken a sur­prise lead when May­bin Kalengo fired past Su­perS­port goal­keeper Ron­wen Wil­liams.

How­ever, the Zesco marks­man was ruled off­side by Gabonese match ref­eree Eric Otogo-Cas­tane 12 min­utes into the match.

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Su­perS­port winger Thuso Phala played a good cross into the Zesco box in the 36th minute, but Zesco keeper Ja­cob Banda punched the ball away.

Mat­sat­santsa were strug­gling to pen­e­trate the vis­i­tors’ back­line, while Jeremy Brockie was tightly marked by the Zega Mambo de­fence. At the other end, Jack­son Were tried to beat Wil­liams with a shot from out the box with four min­utes left be­fore half­time.

How­ever, the South African in­ter­na­tional de­nied the Zesco striker and the score was 0-0 at the in­ter­val.

Kalengo should have put Zesco into the lead four min­utes af­ter the restart, but he failed to score with only the keeper to beat.

With his side strug­gling to cre­ate chances, Su­perS­port coach Eric Tin­kler in­tro­duced Dove Wome in the 69th minute.

How­ever, it was Zesco who looked dan­ger­ous when push­ing for­ward to­wards the end of the en­counter.

Mis­check Chaila un­leashed a well-taken shot in the 79th minute and Zesco at­tacker’s ef­fort was tipped over the cross­bar by Wil­liams.

Su­perS­port tried to push for a late goal, but Zesco stood firm in the clos­ing stages and the game ended in a 0-0 stale­mate.

- Striker Wayne Rooney will re­ceive the warm wel­come he de­serves as a Manch­ester United “leg­end” when he re­turns with Ever­ton to Old Traf­ford, Man­ager Jose Mour­inho said yes­ter­day.

Rooney moved back to his boy­hood club at the start of the sea­son af­ter 13 suc­cess­ful years at Manch­ester United. The 31-year-old for­mer Eng­land cap­tain won five Pre­mier League ti­tles, the Cham­pi­ons League, the Europa League, the FA Cup and three League Cups, scor­ing a club record 253 goals.

“I think he’ll get the wel­come that he de­serves,” Mour­inho told a news con­fer­ence ahead of Ever­ton’s league visit to­mor­row.

“Some­times the word leg­end comes too eas­ily (but) he’s a real leg­end of the club. The num­ber of ap­pear­ances, goals, tro­phies – clearly he’s one of the most im­por­tant play­ers in the his­tory of Manch­ester United.

“I think the sta­dium will show him the re­spect he de­serves. I hope be­fore the match and af­ter but not dur­ing

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it.” With Paul Pogba fac­ing a spell on the side­lines with a ham­string in­jury, Mour­inho be­lieves mid­field­ers An­der Her­rera, Marouane Fel­laini and Michael Car­rick can step up to the chal­lenge of re­plac­ing him.

“We have play­ers wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity,” Mour­inho added. “He started the sea­son re­ally well, we’ve had one match per week we’ve been go­ing with the same play­ers.

“Hon­estly, we miss Pogba and we need him but we have good play­ers. An­der Her­rera, Marouane Fel­laini, Michael Car­rick - they’re wait­ing for a chance and they are ready.”

Mour­inho said left back Luke Shaw is back in con­tention for a place in the squad af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a long-term foot in­jury, but de­fender Mar­cos Rojo still faces some time out of ac­tion due to a knee prob­lem.

United made a fly­ing start to the cam­paign with three straight vic­to­ries be­fore be­ing held to a 2-2 draw at Stoke City last week­end.

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