The CAF Confederations Cup Group C went open last evening after match day two with every team in the group now with a win and a loss. The Group, which houses Zambian duo of Nkana Football Club and Zesco United, also has former African giants Asante Kotoko and Al Hilal Omdurman from Sudan.
Nkana FC won 2-1 at home in Kitwe, but had to evade an early scare from Al Hilal in the clash that had Kenyan International Musa Mohammed starting. Duncan Otieno on the other hand was missing from the match day squad.
Waleed Hamid sent the visitors Al Hilal into the lead in the 6th minute but this would be offered swift response by Fred Tshimenga. Captain Walter Bwalya then ensured the red devils bag maximum points after going down in match day one against local rivals Zesco.
Al Hilal coach Irad Zaafouri does not think Kitwe Stadium was great for the match and has laid blame for the loss to Nkana’s home turf.
”Today the pitch was not good because of the rain and we also did not have that attitude to play in this weather. We were just not good enough today,” said Irad Zaafouri.
Beston Chambeshi on the other hand had to brave a cunning Al Hilal tactic to bag the three points. He notes this.
”I am happy that we have collected maximum points. It wasn’t easy playing Al Hilal because they came here with two intentions; to get a draw or a win,” says the Nkana coach.
In Kumasi, Zesco found the going tough against Asante Kotoko who had lost in match day one to Al Hilal. Zesco- home to Kenyan trio of Jesse Were, Anthony Akumu and David Owino, took a 2-0 beating by the breather and Rahim Osumanu’s late goal only served as a consolation as the tie ended 2-1.
Kwame Bonsu- in the tenth minute and Gyamfi Emmanuel in the 25th, did the damage against Zesco.
Zesco however still retain pole position on the group on superior goal difference. Nkana are rooted at the bottom but all four teams level on three points from two matches.