Amakhosi have a lot to do af­ter de­feat

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JESSE Were and Lazarous Kam­bole bam­boo­zled Kaizer Chiefs in their two-man show to help Zesco United beat Amakhosi 3-1 and put one foot in the group stage of the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Were and Kam­bole were a thorn in the flash of Chiefs’ de­fend­ers in an en­ter­tain­ing con­test at Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium in Ndola yes­ter­day. The Zam­bians started like a house on fire in their fortress. Kam­bole put them ahead in less than half-an-hour in a blis­ter­ing start. The Chipolopolo for­ward, who is on the radar of Orlando Pi­rates’ coach Mi­lutin “Mi­cho” Sre­do­je­vic, was buzzing. He should have fin­ished with more than just one goal but was let down by his com­po­sure in front of goal. Were kept his com­po­sure to con­vert from the spot-kick at the half-hour mark af­ter he was brought down by Teenage Hadebe in the box.

Were and Kam­bole com­bined well for the third goal. Kam­bole did most of the work while his strike part­ner scored to com­plete his brace seven min­utes into the sec­ond half. Khama Bil­liat had pulled one back just be­fore half-time. This was the Zim­bab­wean striker’s sec­ond goal at this venue in the con­ti­nent’s club foot­ball. In 2016 he scored the away goal that gave Mamelodi Sun­downs hope go­ing into the sec­ond leg in the semi-fi­nal of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League. Sun­downs wrapped up that match in the home leg to book a place in the fi­nal they won.

Chiefs will be hop­ing Bil­liat’s goal has a sim­i­lar ef­fect to them. But they have a mam­moth task to over­turn this re­sult as they were out­played by the Zam­bians. Ernst Mid­den­dorp was so dumb­founded that he sub­sti­tuted Du­misani Zuma just be­fore the 70th minute even though he brought on the for­ward in the sec­ond half for God­frey Walusimbi. Amakhosi host the re­turn leg at FNB Sta­dium on Satur­day. They have to win by 2-0 or more to book a place in the group stage of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

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KHAMA Bil­liat scored a cru­cial goal for Kaizer Chiefs against Zesco United yes­ter­day.

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