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SuperSport’s Eric Tinkler explains how he beat Zesco in Confed Cup – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup


Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 14:30


SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler has explained how he reached the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals after overcoming Zesco United on the away goals last Saturday.

Following a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final first leg, Thuso Phala scored a brace to ensure they draw 2-2 against the Zambian side in the second leg.

John Ching’andu and David Owino scored for the hosts at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium last Saturday.

“We knew that we need to come here (Ndola) and not necessarily win but to get a scoring draw and we would go through, and that is precisely what we achieved,” Tinkler said.

“I explained to the players that we basically had 90 minutes in order to achieve that irrespective of whether we conceded or not but that shouldn’t change the fact that we are breaking the tie and that is exactly what we did.

“What we count as very important is what you do away from home rather than what you actually do at home.”

SuperSport will now face Tunisia’s Club Africain in the last four with the first leg of the semi-final set to be held on September 30 in Pretoria.



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Zesco draw at home and exit CAF Confederation Cup


Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United challenged by Dave Daka of Zesco United during 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 18:40


Two goals from John Ching’andu and David Owino were not enough as Zesco United exited the CAF Confederation Cup as they drew 2-2 against SuperSport United on Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The draw in the quarterfinal, second leg means the South African Premier Soccer League side now reaches the semifinals of the tournament on away goals – the teams drew 2-2 on aggregate.

For the Tshwane side, a brace through Thuso Phala ensured they are through to the next stage and will face either Algerian side MC Alger or Tunisia’s Club Africain in the semifinals.

The hosts started the encounter on a high as they pushed for an early goal at home and their possession brought an early goal.

John Ching’andu found the back of the in the fourth minute as they rectified their errors of the opening leg away in Tshwane.

The visiting side pushed to get a goal and coach Eric Tinkler’s men pulled out all the stops when Phala netted in the 34th minute. 1-1.

Although both camps fought harder to score a leading goal, the end of the first half had both sides deadlocked at 1-1.

However, the return leg saw Zlatko Krmpotic’s men chasing the game to regain their lead and David Owino managed to score their second goal in the 50th minute.

In the dying stages of the encounter, the hosts remained stable at the back as they protected their lead.

However, the Tshwane giants would secure their spot in the final four in stoppage time as Phala completed his brace by firing home at the far post.

Zesco United (1) 2 ( Ching’andu 4′, Owino 50′)

SuperSport United (1) 2 (Phala 34′, 90+’)

Zesco United: Banda, Musekwa, Owino, Kapumbu, Mtonga, Ching’andu (Akumu 84′), Chaila, Kalengo (Kongolo 67′), Silwimba, Mwanza (Daka 72′), Were

SuperSport United: Williams, Daniels, Gould, Kekana (Nhlapo 70′), Modiba (Wome 81′), Furman, Phala, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Brockie (Mnyamane 65′), Grobler



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Zesco frustrate SuperSport in SA


Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United challenged by Dave Daka of Zesco United during 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 21:10


SuperSport United and Zesco United drew 0-0 in 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final first-leg match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday.

South Africa’s SuperSport will take on Zambian side Zesco in the second-leg game at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola next week Saturday.

Zega Mambo were happy to sit back and absorb pressure against Matsatsantsa, who were searching for an early goal.

Both sides hit the back of the net in the first 15 minutes of the match, but the two goals were ruled offside.

The visitors had a chance to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute from a free-kick in a promising area.

However, Fackson Kapumbu’s effort from the set-piece was blocked by the SuperSport wall as Zega Mambo looked to break the deadlock.

SuperSport winger Thuso Phala beat his marker down the right flank in the 44th minute, but his effort was blocked.

The score was 0-0 during the half-time break between SuperSport and Zesco following a closely contested first-half.

An entertaining second-half followed, but both sides were struggling to convert their chances in the first 15 minutes.

Bradley Grobler found some space outside the Zesco box in the 57th minute, but he placed his effort over the crossbar.

The visitors nearly took the lead in the 79th minute when Mischeck Chaila pulled the trigger from range.

However, SuperSport keeper Ronwen Williams pulled off a great save to deny the Zesco midfielder.

Both sides launched late attacks in the closing stages, but they could not score and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

SuperSport (0) 0

Zesco (0) 0

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Modiba, Letsholonyane, Furman, Phala, Mnyamane (Wome 69′), Grobler (Mbule 77′), Brockie

Zesco: Banda, Silwimba, Owino, Musekwa, Kapumbu, Chaila, Mtonga, Daka (Kambole 81′), Ching’andu, Kalengo (Kasiyre 88′), Were.



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SuperSport eye home victory over Zesco


Michael Mabule of Platinum Stars challenges Thuso Phala of Supersport United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 12 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 14:00


SuperSport United will lock horns with Zesco United in Pretoria, South Africa on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

The 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final first-leg match will be played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Matsatsantsa qualified for the last eight after finishing second in Group D in this year’s competition.

Eric Tinker, the SuperSport head coach, will be hoping to guide the South African side to the semi-finals for the first time.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s Zesco booked their place in the quarter-finals after winning Group C.

Zega Mambo, who are coached by Zlatko Krmpotić, are also hoping to reach the semi-finals of this tournament for first time.

The winner on aggregate between SuperSport and Zesco will face either Algerian side MC Alger or Tunisia’s Club Africain in the semi-finals.

Gabonese referee Eric Otogo-Castane will be in charge of the match between SuperSport and Zesco on Friday



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Eric Tinkler has studied Zesco United’s offensive play for Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 13:30


As SuperSport United are chasing a CAF Confederation Cup semi-final spot, coach Eric Tinkler says he is happy to be back in continental competitions.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder previously led Orlando Pirates to the final of the same competition in 2015 as they lost to Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel.

However, this time, the former Cape Town City manager will lead the Tshwane side against Zambia’s Zesco United in the quarter-final, first leg on Friday.

Yet to make a reasonable impact on the continental scene, Amatsantsantsa will want to emulate their cross-town rivals and current African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns and win the coveted trophy.

“I am happy to be back in CAF Competitions. I am one person who has always believed that South African clubs need to participate and do well in such competitions,” said to CAF website.

“We are at a stage of the competition where all teams are good and whatever weakness we have seen might be corrected come Friday.

“Yes, we have studied how they play but we also need to be on our A-game. We have identified a number of good players that are dangerous in offensive play.

“They are also very versatile in their formation which makes it slightly challenging to plan against them but we will be ready.”

The first-leg. quarter-final clash will be staged on Friday evening at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria and the return leg will be hosted seven days later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.



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Zesco United coach wants improvement against SuperSport in Confed Cup – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup


Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 11:30


Zesco United coach Zlatko Krmpotic has urged his players to improve their performance when they meet South African side SuperSport United.

The Zambian Super League giants are on the road this week to honour their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final assignment on Firday.

The Team Ya Ziko is fresh from a 3-2 loss against Zanaco FC in the league, but the coach wants a better showing.

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“We must play better. After Zanaco’s first goal we played well for 20- 25 minutes. we need to prepare more for Supersport United. We have is it five days in which to recuperate,” said Krmpotic to the Zambian Football website.

”In regards to the league we still have a very good chance. Even in this match we had a good chance to win it.”

Zesco are fourth on the log with 46 points, just four points behind log leaders Zanaco who are on 50 points, but they have two games in hand while Zanaco have one.

The Confed Cup encounter will be staged at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville and is set to kick-off at 19:00 (CAT).



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Zesco held 1-1 in derby ahead of key CAF clash – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 18:00


Zesco United were held to a draw in a domestic league derby clash against Buildcon in midweek as they prepare for a crucial CAF Confederation Cup match.

Zesco host Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in a crucial Group C clash this weekend which will determine whether they join their Sudanese opponents in the quarterfinals.

The Ndola based club were held 1-1 in a domestic league clash by Buildcon on Wednesday. The teams share the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium as their home base.

Jesse Were opened the scoring for Zesco later in the first half, but Buildcon equalised after the break through Chavda Maisha.

Zesco fielded a weakened line-up, with coach Zlatko Krmpotic keeping one eye on their African commitments on the weekend.

“It was a good game for our opponents but not for us. But with all the travelling we have done in the last few days, a point is good enough,” Krmpotic is quoted by SuperSport.

“I noticed in the second half that we were not very aggressive; I don’t know what happened but I think it was all down to fatigue. My players are tired.

“If you noticed, the team we put out today is not our first XI because we wanted some of our players to rest.

“And since we have a crucial game with Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid on Sunday, it is difficult to motivate players in a league game,” said Krmpotic.



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Recreativo do Libolo out for revenge against Zambia’s Zesco – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Jackson Mwanza of Zesco challenged by Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2016 CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Zesco at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on September 24, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 19, 2017. 16:30


Recreativo do Libolo will be aiming for revenge when they host Zambian side, Zesco United in honour of their CAF Confederation Cup match on Tuesday.

The Angolans are facing a tough assignment as this match is a must win, especially playing at home.

Libolo have only bagged one win in Group C so far over Al-Hilal Ubayyid and lost twice to SC Smouha and to Team Ya Ziko respectively.

In their recent outing to Lusaka, they succumbed to a 1-0 loss to the 2016 CAF Champions League semi-finalists.

They now occupy the bottom of the group with three points from one victory. A failure to win this contest will end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Looking at the visiting Zambians, Zesco are leading the group with six points and will go out to consolidate their top spot.

Zlatko Kromptic’s men are in high spirits having bagged two wins over Smouha and Libolo, but lost 1-0 to Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid away.

Coming to this match, a draw could be seen as a setback because they are out to open the gap on the log table – a win will take them to nine points to boost their knockout stage qualification hopes.

Estádio Municipal de Calulo in Calulo is the venue for the match set to get underway at 16:00 CAT.



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Idris Mbombo hands Zesco win and top spot in Group C – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Al Ahly’s Ali Maaloul (R) in action against Zesco United‘s John Ching’andu (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Zesco United at the military Stadium in Suez, Egypt, 12 August 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Brian Lee

Sunday Jun 04, 2017. 17:21


Zambian side Zesco United moved to the top of their CAF Confederation Cup Group C after beating Angolan side Recreativo Libolo 1-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola on Sunday.

The win sees Zesco up to six points in Group C, two points above second placed Smouha who played to a 1-1 draw against Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid on Saturday.

Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid are in third place in the standings, also with four points with Recreativo Libolo sitting at the bottom of Group C with three points to their name.

The only goal of the game was scored by Idris Mbombo in the 28th minute to hand Zesco their second win in the Confederation Cup group stages and Recreativo Libolo’s second loss.

The match itself was not one of high quality with chances on goal few and far between. Neither side looked impressive on the ball and gave away possession rather cheaply.

The game did end on a rather sour note with two red cards brandished – Celson Costa given his marching orders in the 86th minute for Recreativo Libolo while Agay Akuma was shown red in the 89th minute.

Recreativo Libolo will be given a chance to avenge their loss to Zesco when they host them in their next CAF Confederation Cup match in a fortnight.



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Zesco welcome Recreativo for key clash – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Zesco United‘s Dout Musekwa and David Odiambo Owino

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jun 01, 2017. 16:30


Zesco United will welcome Recreativo do Libolo for a key clash in Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday in Ndola, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

All four teams in the group are locked on three points after two Matchdays, leaving any of the quartet primed to take control of their quarterfinal hopes.

The Zambians come into the clash after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid last time out, with Cheick Moukoro scoring the decisive goal late in the day.

Reacreativo, meanwhile, were more comfortably beaten in Egypt, going down 2-0 at the hands of Smouha at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria.

Four successive home wins in the group puts the pressure on Zesco to continue that trend, but Recreativo will fancy their chances of coming away from Ndola with a positive result.

This match will be the first of a double-header between the teams, with the return game in Calulo set for June 20.

Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza will take charge of the match in Ndola. The other Group C encounter between Smouha and Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid will be played in Alexandria on Saturday night.



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ZESCO go down in Sudan


Zesco United‘s Dout Musekwa and David Odiambo Owino

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday May 24, 2017. 22:24


ZESCO United suffered a 1-0 defeat to Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in a 2017 CAF Confederations Cup clash at the Al-Ubayyid Stadium in Al-Ubayyid on Wednesday evening.

The result leaves things very tight in Group C after two rounds of fixtures.

Team Ya Ziko looked on course to grab a valuable point in Sudan, but Cheick Moukoro netted a late goal to secure all three points for the hosts.

Next up for the Zambian giants is a home clash against Recreativo do Libolo in Ndola while Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid travel to Alexandria to take on Egyptian outfit Smouha.

Smouha beat Libolo 2-0 in Egypt earlier today.



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ZESCO eye successive wins in CAFCC – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Jackson Mwanza of Zesco challenged by Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2016 CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Zesco at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on September 24, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday May 23, 2017. 21:50


ZESCO United have set their sights on back-to-back wins in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup as they prepare for their clash in Sudan against Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid, at the Al-Ubayyid Stadium this Wednesday evening.

Team Ya Ziko got their campaign off to a wining start with Jesse Were’s second half penalty leading the Ndola-based side to a 1-0 win over Smouha.

The 2016 CAF Champions League semifinalists subsequently moved top of Group C as they continue to harbour hopes of continental success.

Al-Hilal ,on the other hand, will be eager to make amends for their 1-0 loss away to Recreativo do Libolo, with the Angolan side having netted a 95th minute winner.

“Last year it was the semifinal, so this year we want to reach a final. We are praying for that and we are waiting for that, but we just have to take each game one by one,” Were is quoted as saying.

“For me, my target is first the team. The team must do well and if I score goals, that will be a plus for me because I want to help the team move further.”

Sadok Selmi of Tunisia will take charge of the encounter.



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Jesse Were out to help Zesco in CAF Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Zesco’s Jackson Jesse Were and Simon Silwimba celebrate

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 17, 2017. 11:00


Zesco United striker Jesse Were insists they have a chance to do well in the CAF Confederation Cup as they started their campaign on a high this past weekend.

Team Ya Ziko defeated Egyptian giants SC Smouha last weekend at home courtesy of Were’s penalty solitary strike at home.

Speaking to the Zambian media, Were said they want to build up on their 2016 CAF Champions League semi final finish.

The lanky forward has vowed to help his team advance further in the competition as they will travel away to Al-Hilal Obeid on Wednesday, 24 May.

“Last year it was the semi-final, so this year we want to go a step more in front and that will be the final,” said Were to the Daily Mail.

“We are praying for that and we are waiting for that but we just have to take each game one by one.

“For me, my target is first the team. The team must do well and if I score goals, that will be a plus for me because I want to help the team move further.”

Were netted four times in the 2016 CAF Champions League campaign and has already scored three goals in the CAF Confederation Cup this year.

On the other hand, Were said the morale is now back in the team as they shift their focus back to the Zambian Super Division with a clash against City on Lusaka on Friday.

In Group C, Zesco and Recreativo Libolo of Angola have three points apiece, with Libolo having overcame Sudanese side Al Hilal Obeid 1-0.



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Zesco top Group C after 1-0 win over Smouha


Zesco’s Jackson Jesse Were and Simon Silwimba celebrate

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday May 13, 2017. 17:43


Zesco United have taken top spot in Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating Smouha 1-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.

The Zambians enjoyed the lion’s share of possession through the match, but found their Egyptian visitors hard to break down.

Smouha offered relatively little threat going forward, with their strikers looking to feed on scraps when the North Africans managed to break forward on the counter.

The match looked set to end in a stalemate, but just past the midway point of the second half it turned decisively in favour of the hosts.

Zesco were awarded a penalty with just under 20 minutes of regulation time remaining when Smouha’s Patrick Malo was adjudged to have handled in the 18-yard area.

Jesse Were took on the responsibility of the spot kick and fired the ball into the top corner to hand Zesco the lead in the 73rd minute of the match.

It proved to be the only goal of the game, with Smouha’s players left frustrated and angered over perceived unfairness from the match officials.

The other Group C match this weekend sees Recreativo do Libolo host Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid on Sunday afternoon.



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Soliman wary of Zesco United in Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Ahmed Hegazi of Al Ahly is challenged by Jackson Mwanza of Zesco during the CAF Champions League match between Zesco and Al Ahly on 18 June 2016 at St Peter’s College Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday May 12, 2017. 13:00


SC Smouha coach Moamen Soliman said he knows Zesco United very well and has vowed his players will give 110% in the CAF Confederation Cup match.

The match is slated for Saturday afternoon in Zambia as both sides get their group stage campaign underway.

Upon their arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola this week, Soliman said his charges will put in their best foot forward during the Group C match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

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“We know Zesco very well, they played in Egypt against Al Ahly in a Champions League match last year,” said Soliman to the Daily Mail website.

“We know that they have quality players, six of them are playing for the national team, so we have our confidence and we have to play and give in 110 percent.

“We know Zesco have a good field and we play good football on a good field, so we are waiting for the day.”

Soliman is experienced in continental tournaments as he was Zamalek’s caretaker coach when the Egyptians finished second after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in last year’s CAF Champions League final.

He took over at Smouha in January this year and the team is currently fifth on the Egypt Premier League standings.



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