Zesco United on Saturday returned to the top two in Group A of the 2016 CAF Champions League following a 3-1 home win over ASEC Mimosa of Cote d’Ivoire at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The victory came a fortnight after Zesco lost on match-day-two in Rabat when Wydad Casablanca beat them 2-0 to drop from first to third in Group A.
Zesco shifted back into the top two ahead of Saturdays evenings North African derby between visitors Wydad Casablanca and host Al Ahly in Egypt who are first and last on six and zero points respectively.
Zesco secured the victory courtesy of goals from Jackson Mwanza, John Chingandu and Idris Mbombo that moved Zesco to six points from three games heading into the return leg against ASEC on July 27 in Abidjan.
Saturdays match also marked the return of Zesco first choice goalkeeper Jacob Banda after taking medical leave for a month.
Meanwhile, Mwanza put Zesco in the 32nd minute before Chingandu sent the home side 2-0 into the braek via a 38th minute free kick.
This was Chingandu’s third Champions League goal of the season.
ASEC then cut that lead in the 765th minute when Youssouf Dao turned in captain Kouakou Zakri’s corner kick just five minutes after coming on for Adama Bakayoko.
However, Zesco made sure of the three points when 68th minute substitute Idris Mbombo beat AESC Namory Diomande in the 79th minute.
Mbombo, who had replaced Mwanza ten minutes earlier, took his tally to five goals in the CAF Champions League since returning from a two month injury layoff to reclaim his crown as Zesco’s top marksman in the competition this season.