Zanaco storm Barclays finals…after thrashing Nkana 4-0


ZANACO yesterday put up an excellent performance in the Barclays Cup semi-final double header tie humiliating Nkana 4-0.

In the same tournament, Zesco FC beat Power Dynamos 1-0 to secure a berth in the finals.

Zanaco and Zesco will clash in the finals next month for the top prize money of K300, 000.

Zesco have own the title four times while Zanaco will  be targeting to be maiden champions.

The double header played at a fully packed Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe saw Nkana fail to utilise the home town advantage.

Zanaco begun the game on a hyper note taking the lead in the eighth minute through Richard Kasonde who headed in a Rodrick Kabwe corner.

The bankers continued to mount pressure on the Nkana defence and Aubrey Funga doubled the score line in the 27th minute with a cracker shot from the box beating goalkeeper Scott Ngokane.

In second half, Nkana struggled to complete passes and wasted scoring chances through Ronald Kampamba and Bornwell Mwape.

Saith Sakala scored the third goal for Zanaco in the third minute before Funga completed his brace seven minutes letter much to the disappointment of Nkana coach Aggrey Chiyangi and fans.

Nkana’s effort to reduce the deficit was fruitless as Zanaco held firm till the final whistle.

Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba said the team’s target was to win the title for the first time and was ready for the challenge in the finals.

Meanwhile, the second semi-final tie between four time Barclays champions Zesco and Power was a tight contest with the first half ending on a deadlock.

Both teams wasted many chances with Zesco strikers Jesse Were and Idriss Mbombo being casualties.

Were missed a penalty in the seventh minute. Referee Wisdom Chewe awarded the penalty awarded after Power defender Francis Kasonde handled the ball in the box.

Goalkeeper Jacob Banda was in good form denying Power the much needed goals.

Zesco’s only goal came in the 53rd minute when David Owino Odhiambo scored from inside the box after Clatous Chama shot for the target was deflected by Were.

Zesco coach George Lwandamina substituted Mbombo for Lazarous Kambole with the hope of getting a second goal but Power goal Keeper Allan Chibwe was equal to the task.

Lwandamina said he was happy with the team’s performance and the focus would be on the finals.