Zesco United on Sunday moved into 5th place after a 1-0 away win
over Konkola Blades at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola.
The five-time champions win sees them continue on an upward
projectile after collecting their third straight league win since
they lost 1-0 at home in the Ndola derby against Forest Rangers on
Zesco could have walk away with at least a couple of more goals but
found Blades goalkeeper Kelvin Pemba in inspired form.
Their first attempt came through John Chingandu who a great chance in
the 16th minute wasted when he struggled to control the ball in
goal scoring territory inside the box.
Jesse Were then saw his 34th minute free kick parried by Pemba.
But Were made no mistake ten minutes later from the penalty spot
that they won off an Andrew Tembo hand-ball.
The Zesco striker then stepped up to send Pemba the wrong way.
But Pemba again was in inspired form for Blades in the 56th minute,
this time denying Dave Daka.
A minute later, Zesco suffered a setback when goalkeeper Jacob Banda
was substituted after not feeling well.
Banda was replaced by Bob Kasua who made his debut since moving from
demoted Lusaka Tigers this year.
And Were was again on the prowl late into the match but the post
deny him a brace in the 72nd minute before Pemba flapped out the
Meanwhile, Zesco have 32 points from 16 games with four matches in hand.
Zesco are tied on points with 4th placed Lusaka Dynamos and are now
four points behind leaders Napsa Stars.