…Nkana lectured in Kumasi
By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
NKANA were last evening taught a lesson at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi as the 12-times Zambian league champions lost 0-3 to Asante Kotoko in a group C match day four CAF Confederation Cup fixture.
And Zesco were butchered 3 – 1 Sudanese giants Al-Hilal in Sudan.
Nkana goalkeeper Allan Chibwe was a let-down, making misjudgements leading to Nkana conceding three goals in a space of 27 minutes.
This forced coach Beston Chambeshi to substitute Chibwe for Malunga as the former could not contain the pressure.
Nkana displayed a poor performance in the opening half, it was as though Chambeshi had travelled with a different side from the one that beat Kotoko 3-1 a week ago in Kitwe.
The visitors were beaten in the midfield with strikers Emmanuel Gyamfi and Yacouba Songne creating several set-pieces.
Kokoko went ahead in the fourth minute thanks to a well taken free-kick by Fatawu Safiu and fumbled by ‘keeper Chibwe.
The Ghanianains continued to press on for a second goal and got it in 23rd through Emmanuel Gyamfi who got injured in the process which led to his substitution for Kwame Bohane.
Martin Antio made it 3-0 in 27th minute much to the disappointment of Chambeshi.
Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba and Freddy Tshimenga were literally invisible in the game with Walter Bwalya tightly marked.
Zesco United also suffered a setback in their quest for a Confed Cup quarter-final spot as the Zambian representatives lost 1-3 to Sudanese giants Al-Hilal.
The first half was evenly contested but Zesco failed to create clear scoring chances. Hilal had the home advantage and took the lead in 10th minute through Mohamed Eldai.
Hard working Waleed Hamid doubled the scores in 36th minute before Lazarous Kambole pulled one back for Zesco two minutes later.
Abdellati Osman scored the third for the Sudanese side in 66th minute.
Hilal shot back to the summit of Group C on seven points, a point better than Kotoko who are joint on six points with Nkana, though the Ghanaians are second on a healthier goal difference. Zesco are at the bottom with four points.