Zesco United 2-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

Zambian champions Zesco United carry a one goal cushion coming to the CAF Champions league semi final return leg with the South Africa PSL winners Mamelodi in a week’s time line.

This followed a convincing 2-1 result for the home side at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola city on Saturday evening.

After a goal-less first half, the home side did beat the imposing goalie Dennis Onyango and took a quick lead barely 10 minutes to the second stanza of the game.

Jackson Mwanza put Zesco ahead with a brace before Khama Billiat, PSL player of the 2015/16 season scored the precious away goal four minutes from full time.

Zesco United had a chance to take the lead as early as the eight minute of the but Dennis Onyango reacted quickly off the line to deny the host the opportunity.

Sixty seconds later winger Pecry Tau forced a save off the diving goalkeeper Jacob Banda.

Khama Billiat volleyed high of goal at the bar post in the 13th minute.

Onyango was once again called upon with a save in the 23rd minute.

Siyanda was booked on the half hour mark for a flying tackle.

Wayne Arsendse booked too at the stroke of half time.

Five minutes into the second half, the Zimbabwean play maker had an attempt blocked from close range.

Jackson Mwanza headed past Denis Onyango for the opener in the second stanza of the game, 10 minutes after restart.

The goal might have disorganized the visitors as Mwanza converted from Mwape Mwelwa’s free-kick to double the goal advantage.

The Zambian international curled home a well converted free kick two minutes later to make it two up with the Ndola crowd cheering wildly.

The visitors called for a double change shortly after.

Asavela Mbekile and Teko Modise joined the frey for Siyanda and Themba Zwane respectively on the hour mark.

Almost losing hope and growing desperate, two Sundowns’ players were cautioned for different reasons.

Billiat was booked for simulation as Tebogo fouled moments later.

Searching for that crucial away goal and possibly a point, forward Anthony Laffor replaced Langerman upfront with ten minutes left on the clock.

Onyango was called upon for a routine save, before the resulting counter yielded that crucial away goal for the visitors.

Billiat slotted home in the 86th minute as the South Africans keep the hopes alive come the return leg.

The other semi final played on Friday witnessed Zamalek humiliate Wydad Casablanca 4-0 in Cairo.

Mahmoud Abdel-Razek, Ayman Hefny, Bassin Morsy and a penalty 15 minutes from full time by Mostafa Fathi capped the icing on the cake.

The second-leg clashes will take place on Saturday, 24 September 2016.

Team Line ups:

Zesco XI:

Jacob Banda, Simon Silwimba, Ben Bahn, David Owino, Ayo Oluwafemi, Mtonga Kondwani, Chaila Misheck, Mwape Mwelwa, John Chingandu, Jackson Mwanza, Jesse Were

Mamelodi XI:

Dennis Onyango (G.K), Wayne Arendse, Thabo Nthethe, S.Zwane, T. Langerman, H. Kekana, P.Tau, T. Mabunda, P.Tau, Themba Zwane, K. Dolly, Khama Billiat

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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