Zesco United on Wednesday made marginal headway up the FAZ Super Division log after a 1-1 away draw at newsboys Buildcon in a debut Ndola derby played at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Buildcon rallied to earn their first derby draw after Jesse Were had put Zesco 1-0 ahead in the 43rd minute.
Were scored off a Lazarus Kambole headed-down ball to see the Kenyan international record his fifth league goal of the season.
He could have gone home with a brace but saw his cheeky chip in the 44th minute came off the woodwork.
Meanwhile,Buildcon equalized in the 54th minute through a close range header from Chavda Maisha.
Zesco then survived a late scare in stoppage time when Patient Mwepu’s free kick came off the woodwork.
Zesco are 4th after the win on 24 points from 12 game with three matches in hand are are five points behind leaders Napsa Stars.
And the result comes five days before Zesco host Al Hilal Obied of Sudan this Sunday at the same venue in their final 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group C match that they must win to ensure their quarterfinal place in that competition.