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Zesco beat Nkana, lift Charity Shield

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
TWO wonderful strikes by midfielder John Ching’andu were enough for Zesco United to beat 10-man Nkana and win the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield for the fourth time.
After a goalless first half, Chang’andu opened the floodgates 20 seconds into the second half with a gem of a goal.
Ching’andu received the pass from Idriss Mbombo and curled the ball into the top corner of the net, beating goalkeeper Kelvin Malunga. The ball hit the upright before rolling into the net.
He completed the rout in similar style on 69 minutes.
Ching’andu pounced on a poor clearance by Aubrey Chamulwanda and released the ball with his left into the top right corner giving Malunga no chance.
A minute later, Zesco coach Zlatco Krmpotic withdrew Ching’andu for Mwape Mwelwa.
Krmpotic wanted to give a rest to Ching’andu ahead of this weekend’s Confederation Cup play-off against Nigerian side Enugu Rangers.
The minute of madness came in the 58th minute when Nkana skipper Donashano Malama saw red.
Malama stepped on Zesco defender Ben Bahn and referee Wellington Kaoma did not hesitate to send him for an early shower.
Nkana started the match with intent when Ronald Kampamba dragged his shot wide after latching onto a cross from Malama.
Mbombo directed his shot straight at Malunga before Fackson Kapumbu shot wide in the 26th minute.
The Congolese forward could have added the third in the 78th minute after rounding off the goalkeeper but Shadreck Musonda intervened with a crucial tackle to deny the Congolese forward.
Walter Bwalya could have pulled one back with a well-struck shot which hit the crossbar in the 76th minute.
Nkana coach Zeddy Saileti rested Yannick Mulenga and Fred Tshimenga for Jacob Ngulube and Austin Muwowo, respectively, but the changes came too late when the damage had been done.
“I am very happy with this win and congratulations to my players,” Krmpotic said.
Saileti said: “We conceded 26 seconds into the second half and it destroyed our game plan. The red card also, but I don’t know if it was a red or not.”
Nkana have won a record 15 Charity Shields.
Proceeds from the Charity Shield will be given to Football Association of Zambia patron, President Lungu, who will donate to an organisation of his choice.

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