STUBBORN ZESCO HOLD SUPERSPORT Rooney deserves warm welcome - Mou
- 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.
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
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.