ZANACO SURVIVE SCARE

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… In CAF Confederation Cup

By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

TEN-MAN Zanaco opened their CAF Confederation Cup group-stages with  a 1-1 draw against Daring Club Motema Pembe (DCMP) at the Stade des Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has in the last years proved to be a tough battle zone for Zambian sides and coach Mumamba Numba was relieved to have snatched a point in Group C.

Zanaco looked composed and managed the pressure well, dominating the first half with Moussa Souleymanou effort early on saved by Barel Mouko.

It took 25 minutes for Numba’s men to take a well-deserved lead when Souleymanou blasted home Tafadzwa Rusike pass, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance to put up a heroic save.

The bankers could had gone 2-nil up to the break, but Rusike, Souleymanou and Charles Mbewe were wasteful.

The Kinshasa based side returned red hot and launched a serious counter-attack that left Zanaco defenders on their toes.

Zanaco’s collapse came in the 75th minute when Kelvin Kapumbu was sent off for indiscipline behaviour. Kapumbu bounced the ball in anger after the referee ruled for a free kick following his hard tackle on Peter Kolawole.

His actions angered Numba while his teammates questioned him over his action. Toaster Nsabata however manged to save Kolawole’s free kick.

Immediately Zanaco lost concentration and Kalawole punished them with an equaliser in 78th minute.

Mouko put up a brilliant save to stop Souleymanou from taking the lead when he unleashed a powerful long range shot.

Numba commended his boys for maintaining tactical discipline.

“The game was evenly contested and we manged to control most parts of it. I think the red-card is what disturbed us and our opponents pounced on it. Getting a point away from home is good enough for us,” he said.

The other opponents in Group C Moroccan side RSB Berkane and Beninese club Esae were scheduled to face off later in the evening.

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