ZESCO United’s progress in the Caf Champions League was halted after they lost 5-4 on post-match penalties to AS Kaloum of Guinea on Sunday.
Zambia’s league champions were off to the flying start when Justin Zulu opened the scoring on 41 minutes but his goal was cancelled out by Kabungo Kassingo who converted from the penalty spot in the 75th minute for the match to finish 1 – 1.
The draw in Bamako which mirrored the result in Ndola a fortnight ago, meant that the two sides were tied at 2 – 2 on aggregate and had to be separated via penalties.
Zesco United knocked in their first four penalties through John Ching’andu, Misheck Chaila, Zulu and Ayo Oluwafemi while Jackson Mwanza had his spot kick saved.
AS Kaloum converted all their five penalties to earn a spot in in the second round against USM Algiers.
Meanwhile Zambia’s representatives in the Caf Confederation Cup, Power Dynamos, bowed out of the competition despite winning 3-0 in the first round second leg at home to Gabonese side CF Mounana on Saturday.
Impressive goals from Kelvin Mubanga, Alex Ng’onga and Christopher Munthali gave Power Dynamos a comfortable victory but they were not enough to cancel out a 4-0 defeat suffered a fortnight ago.
Mubanga opened the scoring on 27 minutes for the hosts to take a 1-0 lead at half time.
Ng’onga increased the advantage in the 68th minute with Munthali adding the third goal in the 86th.
Zesco United won the league to qualify for the Champions League while as runners-up Power Dynamos earned a spot in the Confederation Cup.
Meanwhile the draw for the qualifiers of the Orange African Nations Championship Rwanda 2016 was conducted on Sunday 2015 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, dominated by exciting pairings.
The draw was done based on the zonal representation of the National Associations affiliated to CAF.
Forty-two teams are engaged in the qualifiers that will produce the 15 teams to join hosts for the final tournament scheduled for 16 January to 7 February 2016.
CAF General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani conducted the draw assisted by CAF 2nd Vice President, Almamy Kabele Camara, also president of Organising Committee of the African Nations Championship (CHAN). Also present were CAF President, Issa Hayatou, members of the CAF Executive Committee and officials of the teams involved in the qualifying phase.
The CHAN is a tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. The first edition was held in 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire with DR Congo emerging as champions.
The second edition held in 2011 in Sudan had Tunisia as winners whilst Libya won the third edition in 2014 in South Africa.
Southern Region preliminary matches will be as follows:
Namibia v Zambia.
Zimbabwe v Comoros
Lesotho v Botswana
Mozambique v Seychelles.
RSA v Mauritius.
Swaziland v Angola
Match One : 19,20,21/06/2015
Match Two : 3,4,5/07/2015