SO near yet so far for Power Dynamos who yesterday whitewashed FC Mounana of Gabon 3-0 but suffered a painful ejection from the Confederation Cup on aggregate points.
Power failed to score five unanswered goals to advance to the second round
The Confederation Cup first round return leg played at Kitwe Davis stadium left many Zambian fans in a sad state when Power couldn’t score the five goals to advance to the second round.
The Tenant Chilumba tutored- side opened the score sheet in the 28th minute when Kelvin Mubanga shot inside the box after Jimmy Ndhlovu’s shot was deflected by Mounana defender.
Power continued to put pressure but the Mounana defence was solid enough not to allow a second goal in the first round.
However, Power added another goal in the 68th minute through Alex Ngonga who punished Stephen Bitsieki after the Mounana goalkeeper split Kelvin Mubanga’s cross.
The second goal seemed to have brought some light in the fans that began to sing songs of praise to motivate Power.
Their morale support yielded results in the 88th minute when Christopher Munthali tapped in a Ngonga’s cross to make it 3-nil.
Unfortunately, with only two minutes remaining to the final whistle, a miracle was not on Power’s side.
Chilumba said it was a tough encounter in which the boys came so near yet far away from the qualification to the second round.
“The boys played well and we won the match. Unfortunately we are out. I think we lost it out in the first leg. Now it’s time to focus on the league,” he said.
Power suffered a 4-nil defeat in Libreville and therefore needed to score five goals unanswered to advance to the next round.
Zambia shifts its attention to Zesco United who faces As Kaloum of Guinea in Mali today and need a win to advance to the next round of the CAF champions’ league.
Mounana faces Orlando Pirates in the second round after they beat Uganda Revenue Authority 4-3 on aggregate.