…The Kitwe giants win derby to dominate CAF Confederations Cup group-C
By MICHAEL MIYOBA
THREE second half goals from Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba, Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba and super sub, Shadreck Musonda propelled Nkana to the summit of group C of the CAF Confederations Cup after humiliating local rivals Zesco United 3-0 at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.
It was sweet revenge for Beston Chambeshi’s boys following their 2-0 defeat suffered when the two teams met at Zesco’s home ground, the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Despite the match starting on a slow note with no shot on target in the first half, ‘‘Kalampa’’ redeemed themselves and dominated the second half.
Zesco United began the match as a better side but missed the chance to break the deadlock in the 6th minute when Kenyan International Jesse Were sent his volley off target.
Were’s second attempt to beat Nkana’s number-1 Alan Chibwe came in the 11th minute when he was set up by Kambole but saw his shot going wide.
Chibwe denied midfielder Enock Sabumukama from putting Zesco United ahead with his long range free kick in the 30th minute as the first half ended goalless.
A minute into the second half, Chambeshi withdrew Fred Tshimenga and replaced him with former Buildcon midfielder Chisamba Lungu whose debut appearance in the CAF Confederations Cup ended in agony as he picked an injury and was replaced a minute after joining the party.
Lungu was however replaced by under-20 AfCON winner Harrison Chisala who set up Mubanga for Nkana’s first goal in the 65th minute.
Mubanga beat Zesco’s number-1, Jacob Banda with a brilliant shot from outside the eighteen yard box to hand Nkana the lead.
The Ndola giant’s popularly known as ‘Team Yaziko’ tried to get the equaliser but were unfortunate as goal keeper Chibwe denied Were and Lazarous Kambole from finding the back of the net.
Nkana’s lethal striker Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba who had a quiet games stunned Zesco United and made it 2-0 with a beautiful volleyed goal from Walter Bwalya’s assist six minutes before the final whistle.
Coach George Lwandamina withdraw John Chingandu and Mwape Mwelwa for Winston Kalengo and Logic Chingandu respectively while Chambeshi introduced Shadreck Musonda for, Mubanga Kampamba.
It was Musonda who made the difference as he took advantage of defender Shemmy Maembe’s failure to clear the ball by beating Jacob Banda with his left footed shot inside the eighteen yard box to make it 3-0 much to the delight of the home fans.
The win maintained Nkana’s unbeaten record at Nkana Stadium and escalated them to 9-points in group-C while Zesco United’s hopes of reaching the quarter finals died a natural death following the loss which left them bottom in the group with 4-points.