ZESCO United yesterday qualified to the next round of the 2016 CAF Champions League after beating South Sudanese team Al Ghazala Wau 1-0 in a return leg in Juba, (3-0 on aggregate).
John Chingandu came off the bench to score the only goal for Zesco through a header from Jesse Were’s pass in the 90th minute of the match.
The MTN/FAZ Super League champions were in an advantageous position having won the first leg 2-0 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Lusaka a fortnight ago.
Zesco coach George “Chicken” Lwandamina was happy that the boys put up a strong fight despite playing on South Sudanese soil.
Lwandamina said the boys had a tough time penetrating the defence because Al Ghazala had imployed a defensive tactic.
“The boys put in their best to ensure Al Ghazala didn’t upset the 2-0 result. Our mission here was to finish what we started, and it is a done deal. The focus will now be on the next round,” he said.
The first half was evenly contested with both teams showing urgency for a goal but producing blunt shots.
Al Ghazala’s effort in the 24th minute was deterred by Zesco goalkeeper Jacob Banda after he made a brilliant save.
Stiker Idriss Mbombo sent a scare to Al Ghazala in the 27th minute after he dribbled through the defence but fired wide of the net.
Zesco continued to mount pressure although unleashing several blunt shots at goal while Al Ghazala parked in their half.
Jackson Mwanza’s shot at the dot of half time hit the woodwork to deny Zesco their first goal in Juba.
However, it was a different story at the start of second half which saw Al Ghazala dance in Zesco’s half but Banda was equal to the task, making good saves.
In the 62nd minute Lwandamina introduced Maybin Mwaba for Mwape Mwelwa to improve the attacking midfield.
After several blunt shots at goal, Mbombo and Jackson Mwanza were substituted for Chingandu and Were to ensure victory was recorded in Juba.