Tenant Chembo described Saturday’s 2017 FAZ Super Division triumph as a great feeling.
Zesco United downed Mufulira Wanderers 4-2 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola to see them lift the title for a sixth time since they were promoted in 2004.
The victory also handed long-serving assistant coach Tenant Chembo his debut league title after finishing runners in 2015 in an interim capacity and in 2013 as head coach.
“It is a very good feeling not only for me but the entire Zesco family. It has been long time coming, we felt it, and finally we have achieved our objective,” Chembo said.
“It has been a competitive season. Credit should go to our administrators, especially if you look at the way other teams are run, it has been fantastic. That is why it has come to this day.
“I have won the league before under great coaches in front of me and I am proud to say that I learnt a lot from them.
“Credit must go to them too I cannot mention names but they know what they have done for me.
“Great people, I have drunk wisdom from them, and the advice from has been free.
“Imagine you are in that clan, I just wish them the best wherever they are.”
Goals from John Chingandu in the 1st minute plus a Jesse Were brace in the 25th and 38th minutes set the tone for Zesco after Wanderers mounted had rallied to briefly take a 2-1 in the opening 20 minutes.
But Lazarus Kambole put the result beyond doubt in the 82nd minute to see Zesco seal the title race by one point ahead of their predecessors Zanaco on 74 and 73 points respectively.
Guily Manziba scored a brace for Wanderers in the 3rd and 20th minutes.
However result also spelt doom for Wanderers who were demoted after just three seasons back in the topflight.
Zesco now wait to know their opponents Africa next year when the draws of the 2018 CAF Champions League are conducted this month.