Zesco United are back in the driving seat of Group C in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup after a 1-0 home win over CRD Libolo of Angola.
The home win at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium Ndola propelled Zesco back to top spot where they now enjoy a two point lead after three rounds of matches played.
Zesco’s victory also came a fortnight after losing 1-0 away to Al Hilal Obied of Sudan on May 24 that saw them suffer their first defeat of the competition.
Striker Idris Mbombo scored the decisive goal in the 26th minute off a cross from Dave Daka.
His goal came a minute after Jesse Were was unfortunate to see his shot come off the post.
Fackson Kapumbu too had a great chance in the 31st minute but his free kick landed on the roof of Libolo’s net.
Zesco could have added at least two more goals after the break but were denied by some brave goalkeeping by Landu Mavanaga.
Mavanga first parried Kondwani Mtonga 72nd minute header and two minutes later shut out Mbambo’s great opportunity to add a brace when it seemed easier for the Zesco striker to score.
Then, both teams suffered a setback in the last five minute of the match .
Celson Costa was sent off for Libilo inthe 85th minute and a minute later Anthony Akumu followed him off the pitch.
Both were for second bookings in the match and will miss the final leg on June 21 in Calulo.
Meanwhile, Zesco rise to 6 points after the win on 6 points, two more than Smouha of Egypt and Obied who drew 1-1 in Alexandria on June 3.
Libolo Slump to the bottom of Group C on 3 points after suffering their second successive Group C defeat.