Zesco United will not defend their Barclays Cup title after losing 4-2 on post-match penalties to Napsa Stars following a 0-0 draw at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

The defeat sees the record winners miss out on a great opportunity to clinch an unprecedented sixth Barclays Cup title.

But most importantly, hopes of a 2017 double have been dashed and Zega must now solely push for this season’s league title with less than nine matches left in a tight dash for the crown.

Zesco could have closed the match in the first half with Jesse Were seeing his 18th effort inches high while Jackson Mwanza sent his shot across the face of goal.

Napsa then put the pressure on Zesco but David Owino and company who defended irresolutely before the match was decided via the lottery of post-match penalties.

Owino and Were successfully converted their chances but Kapumbu and Maybin Kalengo skied their spot kicks.

Napsa on the other hand kept their nerves, with the expectation of Dickson Chapa, to convert and go through to their first Barclays Cup finals since 2012.