VICTOR KUMWENDA, Lusaka
COTON 0 ZANACO 1
SAITH Sakala’s last-minute strike yesterday gave Zambian kings Zanaco victory against Cameroon’s Coton Sport to move closer to qualification for the CAF Champions
The attacking midfielder struck with a poacher’s instinct when the match was seemingly headed for a barren draw at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon.
The victory pushed the Bankers to 10 points, three better than second-placed Egypt’s Al Ahly, who lost to Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca 2-0 on Tuesday in Casablanca.
Wydad have six points while Coton are winless.
Substitute Attram Kwame, who replaced Felix Nyaende, dispossessed Moussa Souleymanou and found Augustine Mulenga, who laid for Sakala to find the target.
Zanaco can secure a quarter-final slot with victory over Al Ahly in next Friday’s clash at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba unleashed Toaster Nsabata in goal while Taonga Bwembya, Chongo Chirwa, Ziyo Tembo and George Chilufya were in defence.
Richard Kasonde, Saith Sakala, Ernest Mbewe and Augustine Mulenga were pulling strings in midfield while Felix Nyaende and Congolese Diddy Mpiana were the forwards.
Numba substituted Mpiana for Boyd Musonda in the second half.
In Casablanca, Wydad saw off Al Ahly at Mohamed V Stadium to hand the Egyptians their first loss of the campaign.
Fabrice Ondama and substitute Walid El Karti contributed a goal apiece to revive the Moroccans’ chances of progressing to the last eight.