ZANACO BANK THREE GOALS
…as the ‘Airmen’ crash in Tanzania
By MICHAEL MIYOBA
SENSATIONAL Zanaco FC strengthened their chances of reaching the CAF Confederations Cup group stages after beating Malian giants BingaFC 3-0 in the first leg pre group stage fixture at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
A first half strike from winger Abraham Siankombo and second half brace from Moses Phiri gifted Zanaco the needed advantage ahead of the return leg fixture scheduled for next weekend in Mali. Siankombo beat Binga FC goal keeper Ngo’lo Traore with a direct free kick seven minutes after the half hour mark as the bankers went on break leading 1-0.
The Zambian envoys continued to dominate play and managed to double their lead through Phiri who headed in Siankombo’s sublime free kick six minutes into the second half.
Phiri completed his brace in the 71st minute, humiliating Binga FC defenders with a dummy before slotting the ball past Traore to put the game beyond the Malians’ reach.
It was an exciting win for coach Kelvin Kaindu who hailed his boys for scoring more than three goals in a CAF game.
Meanwhile, Red Arrow’s quest to progress to the group stage of the Confederations Cup suffered a major blow following a 3-0 humiliating defeat to Tanzanian champions Simba FC.
A goal from Medie Kagere and a brace from Bernard Morrison gave Simba the needed victory over the Zambian envoys who were reduced to 10 men after defender Prosper Chiluya was given matching orders for a second bookable offence in the 57th minute.
Morison broke the deadlock in the 17th minute for the home team who had dominated play on a wet pitch at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Simba doubled their lead 20 minutes into the second half and almost got a third goal mimutes before half time but were unfortunate to miss a penalty.
In the second half, Simba maintained their dominance over the Zambians and managed to get their third through Morrison who completed his brace in the 77th minute to give the Tanzanians a vital win.
Red Arrows will need to score four unanswered goals when they host Simba to reach the Confederations Cup group stage while a goalless draw will be enough for Zanaco to march on to the Group Stage after the reverse fixtures scheduled for next weekend in Mali.