Kaizer Chiefs were edged 3-1 by Zesco United in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup pre-group stage round at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Zambia. Khama Billiat scored for Amakhosi in the first half, with the half-time score being 1-2.
There was a good atmosphere in the stadium helped by a band which mixed samba and brass band music. Three Brazilian-sounding drums added to creating a lively vibe.
Amakhosi more than held their own in the early stages of the game until their star striker Lazarous Kambole hit a ferocious shot from just outside the box, leaving goalkeeper Virgil Vries no chance, 0-1.
Five minutes later there was another goal, again from Zesco. Teenage Hadebe tackled Jesse Were, who easily went down, probably a bit too easily. The Zimbabwean referee Norman Matemera, however, decided to point to the spot. Zesco’s striker Were easily slotted the ball home, 0-2.
But the Glamour Boys didn’t give up, far from it. They fought hard to get back into the game and even got a golden opportunity when the ball landed in front of Khama Billiat in the box. The Zimbabwean hit the ball well, only to see the ball land on the crossbar.
Just thereafter Billiat did score. A long ball from Chiefs’ backline into Zesco’s box was wrongly handled by a defender and landed in front of Billiat, who put the ball from close range into the top of the net.
The half-time score was 2-1 with both sides showing a willingness to go forward.
Coach Ernst Middendorp made a substitution at half-time, bringing on Dumsani Zuma for Godfrey Walusimbi with the idea of being a little more forceful in attack.
Amakhosi did try to control the game and got a few chances to find the back of the net