CECILIA ZULU, Woodlands Stadium, Lusaka
CITY 0 ZESCO 1
ZESCO United yesterday reclaimed the top slot of the MTN Super Division after edging City of Lusaka in a tightly-contested Week Seven match played before a sizeable crowd.
The victory pushed Zesco to 14 points at par with Lumwana Radiants but the Ndola outfit have a better goal aggregate.
Lumwana could dislodge Zesco from the top today if they beat Nchanga Rangers.
It was Zesco’s first win over City at Woodlands Stadium since the 2-0 victory in 2007.
In 2008, City beat Zesco 1-0, the teams drew 0-0 in 2009 and ‘Yamoto’ overcame the Ndola side 1-0 in 2010 and in the same year dropped to the first division, where they spent six years.
Striker Jesse Were was the hero scoring the solitary goal in the 77th minute after tapping in a Patrick Kongolo cross.
Zesco could have doubled the lead on 79 minutes when substitute Dave Daka directed his header at goalkeeper Joseph Phiri.
On resumption, Zesco coach Zlatko Krmpotic introduced Idris Mbombo and Daka for Kondwani Mtonga and Lazarus Kambole, respectively.
His counterpart, Elijah Chikwanda, withdrew Roy Sakwanda for Aubrey Zulu on 57 minutes.
City piled pressure but the Zesco defence, marshalled by Kenya international David Odhiambo, remained resolute.
City’s best chance to shake the net was on the half-hour mark when goalkeeper Jacob Banda saved Dominic Mulenshi’s shot.
Banda denied Zulu from a rebound in the 85th minute.
City, who have not won at home this season, are stuck on seven points.