CAF : Zesco of Zambia beat Al Ahly of Egypt
Creative international midfielder Cletus Chama grabbed a brace as Zesco United launched the 2016 CAF Champions League group stage with a 3-2 win over Egyptian giants Al Ahly at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.
Chama scored his second half brace in the 49th and 55th minutes to hand the Ndola side a rare win over the record Champions League winner.
Zesco led after 27 minutes with John Ching’andu powering in the first goal after beating Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy Ahmed with a powerful shot when he was set up by Anthony Akum.
However Zesco’s celebrations were cut short by John Antwi’s equaliser three minutes later as the two teams went to the half time break with a 1-1 stalemate.
Four minutes into the last half, George Lwandamina’s side went up again thanks to Chama’s close range tap in a goal-mouth scramble.
Chama made it 3-1 on 55 minutes when firing in a low shot before Antwi scored Ahly’s second goal in the game.
Thereafter Zesco defended well on their way to beating the Egyptians.
This is a fantastic start for the ambitious Zesco side that is making only a second appearance in the group stages of Africa’s premier club championship.
Zesco (1) 3 (Ching’andu 27’, Chama 48’, 55’)
Ahly (1) 2 (Antwi 30’, 67’)
Zesco XI: Nyangu, Mayembe, Oluwafemi, Mtonga, Odhiambo, Chama, Agay, Mwanza, Mwape, Ching’andu, Nyerenda
Ahly XI: Ekrami, Rahil, Hegazy, Rabia, Fathi, Ashour, Gomaa, Ghaly, Zakareya, Sobhi, Antwi.