Zesco’s elim­i­na­tion from the CAF unan­tic­i­pated

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Dear Edi­tor, Zam­bia’s en­voys (for­mer) in CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup cham­pi­onship foot­ball tour­na­ment, Zesco United Foot­ball Club were elim­i­nated by Su­perS­port United Foot­ball Club of South Africa via a 2-all goal ag­gre­gate in the two legs.

The match was played at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium on Satur­day Septem­ber 23, 2017.

Dur­ing this match, Zesco took an early lead through John Ching’ambu in the first half.

A few min­utes later, Su­perS­port scored thereby bring­ing par­ity.

The match was tough as both teams at­tempted to score the sec­ond goal.

How­ever, it was Zesco which hit the back of the net through Od­hi­ambo Owino, mak­ing it 2-1 for the home side.

Zesco United con­sol­i­dated the lead and it was clear that the Zam­bian en­voys were at the verge of pro­gress­ing to the semi-fi­nals of this pres­ti­gious foot­ball tour­na­ment.

Su­perS­port equalised in less than a minute to full time in stop­page time.

The late minute goal and an equaliser shat­tered Zesco’s dream of sail­ing to the semi­fi­nals of the foot­ball tour­na­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the away-goal rule in a foot­ball tour­na­ment, the goal scored by the team play­ing away from home counts twice.

This is what made Su­perS­port qual­ify to the semi-fi­nals and Zesco booted out.

Zesco’s fail­ure to de­fend the lead es­pe­cially in the last minute of the match cost them the chance of qual­i­fy­ing to the semi-fi­nals.

The best Zesco can do is to con­cen­trate on the lo­cal pre­mier league games.

In the first leg of the tour­na­ment, Zesco played to a goal­less draw in South Africa a week ear­lier.

The elim­i­na­tion of Zesco via a 2 all draw was not ex­pected con­sid­er­ing that the team held on to a 2-1 lead un­til the last minute of the stop­page time.

The elim­i­na­tion of Zesco is in­deed a bit­ter pill to swal­low. Tough luck Zesco! ELEMIYA PHIRI, Lusaka

FILE PHOTO: Zesco United FC play­ers

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