NEWLY signed ZESCO United defender David Odiambo from Kenya yesterday embarrassed Tenant Chilumba’s boys after scoring a brace for his side to lift the 2015 Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity shield played at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.
Odiambo’s brace handed Zesco their third Charity Shield triumph in the Ndola clubs’ history.
The Kenyan, who joined Zesco in January from Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, headed in the game’s opening goal in the 31st minute off a John Chingandu corner.
Odiambo again rose to the occasion in the 71st minute to complete his brace when he waggled in another from a Chingangu corner.
Power chanced a consolation goal in the 77th minute from the penalty spot when striker Felix Sunzu was brought down in the box.
Alex Ngonga converted the penalty to redeem himself after missing golden chances in the 13th and 17th minute of the first half.
Power’s hopes of a comeback were dashed in the 78th minute when defender Billy Mutale scored an own-goal to put the result beyond reach.
The win is a big boost for Zesco ahead of their 2015 CAF Champions League first round, first leg date at home on March 14 against AS Kaloum of Guinea in Ndola.
But bruised and wounded Power head for their 2015 Confederation Cup date away in Gabon next Sunday against CF Mounana with a lot of homework to do before that first round, first leg away match.
Zesco United coach George Lwandamina said the victory was good preparation for his team’s title defence and for upcoming continental matches.
“This was just a preparation game. It is good that we played this match before our continental game. We knew that Power would come at us we waited until they exhausted their energy, we dominated the match after that,” he said.
And Power Dynamos assistant coach Anderson Phiri said his side was unlucky not to score in the opening 20 minutes.
“Today we did not play very well but we played very well in the first 15 minute we could even have gotten a goal. We conceded two set piece goals followed by an own goal but will not relent. We will iron out our mistakes from today’s match and continue working hard,” he said.
Proceeds from the Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield are donated by the Republican president who is the patron of Football Association of Zambia, on behalf of the football fraternity to a charity of his choice.