By Sports Reporter
ZESCO United on Saturday fought a strong battle to force a 1-all draw against the not-so-Magnificent Kabwe Warriors at Godfrey Chitalu stadium before a packed crowd.
The game was also watched by former warriors’ boss Andrew Kamanga, who is now FAZ president.
After playing to a barren first half, Warriors opened the score sheet in the 54th minute when Joseph Kasusu converted a penalty by sending ZESCO goal-minder hopelessly in a wrong corner.
But while the frenzy was still on, ZESCO erased Warriors’ lead when Kenyan striker Jesse Jackson Were caught the Warriors’ defence napping and inked his goal on the score sheet.
Warriors’ coach Muhammad Fathy, whose stay at the railways sponsored side was becoming misty after a series of poor results said his team was playing against two ex-players Misheck Chaila and Congolese hitman Idrissy Mbombo.
Both players were instrumental in the ZESCO formation though Mbombo was a mere shadow of himself as he was tightly marked by the ever impressing Warriors defence marshalled by towering and calm Congolese defender Marcello Kalonde.
Lying 10th on the FAZ/MTN premier league, Warriors now have a daunting task as they travel to Nkoloma stadium to meet sharp Red Arrows.
From the games played so far, it was clear that Warriors needed urgent services of a sharp scoring striker to complement Jacob Phiri and Joseph Kasusu.
The midfield is equally shaky and has been forcing Kalonde to be climbing up hill leaving the defence weak.
Both teams missed a lot of chances in the first 45 minutes but it was Warriors who could have taken advantage of home ground.
Even the blue and white supporters were overpowered by their Ndola counterparts.
The supporters seemed to have been protesting against the outsourced security which turned out busloads of local and Lusaka-based Warriors supporters.