Zesco United FC

ZESCO TUMBLE AT NAPSA STARS

Records tumbled on Saturday as Zesco United lost for the first time this season following a 1-0 away league defeat at the hands of Napsa Stars at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
The five-time champion’s loss saw them suffer their first league loss of the season after five games played.
But key in the whole scenario saw the result end Napsa Stars winless run in the league against Zesco since the Lusaka side was promoted in 2012.
Zesco are now on seven wins, three draws and a loss against Napsa.
The result also ended coach Zlatko Krmpotic’s ten-match unbeaten run in all competition  following his appointment in February after raking in seven wins and three draws prior to the Napsa defeat.
Meanwhile, Napsa settled the contest in the first half through Collins Simkombb’e 14th minute goal.
Zesco had two great opportunities through striker Jesse Were before and after the Napsa goal in the 3rd and 23rd minutes that were both saved by Rabson Muchelenganga.
But Jacob Banda was the busier goalkeeper and pulled out all the stops in the second half to deny  Lyson Thole twice  in the 52nd and 63rd minutes.
Zesco’s best in the final 45 minutes came off the head of Lazarus Kambole but he nodded Fackson Kapumbu’s 65th minute corner inches wide of the far post.
Zesco stay top for at least 24 hours before Lumwana Radiants, who are second only on goal difference, host Konkola Blades needing only a draw to edge ahead.
Krmpotic and his charges are back in action on Wednesday when they host Green Buffaloes at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Victory will be key in that match ahead of Saturday’s 2017 CAF Confederation Cup  Group C opener at the same venue against Smouha of Egypt.

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