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 they needed 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.
CREDIT – FAZ