Ching’andu magic seals Charity Shield win for Zesco

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John Ching’andu’s stunning contribution won Zesco United their first piece of silverware in the 2017 season after they beat Nkana 2-0 in the Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield.

The Midfielder scored two second half screamers to hand Zlatko Krmpotic his first trophy in Zambian football, in a match played at a near-empty Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola this afternoon.

Ching’andu struck from distance in the 46th and 69th minutes to deny 10-man Nkana a record 16th Charity Shield trophy in a match that was punctuated by shameful behaviour from players and fans of the Kitwe giants.

Zesco had the better of the first half, with the midfield duo of Anthony Akumu and Kondwani Mtonga dominating play in the middle of the park, but neither team created enough clear-cut chances to trouble the goalkeepers on opposite ends.

However, Ching’ndu deservedly put Zesco in front seconds after the restart with a cracking effort that gave Kelvin Malunga in the Nkana goal no chance. The playmaker received an Idris Mbombo pass 25 yards from goal before unleashing a ferocious shot that flew into the net via the right hand post.

The goal sparked Nkana into life as they began to make inroads into the Zesco defence, but a moment of sheer stupidity ensured that there was to be no comeback for the Kitwe giants. Captain Donashano Malama let his frustrations get the better of him as he cynically stamped on Adama Banh, leaving referee Wellington Kaoma with no option but to send the Nkana defender for an early shower.

The sending off of Malama sparked ugly scenes as Nkana players surrounded Kaoma, with striker Walter Bwalya lucky to only receive a booking for pushing the match official. The Nkana coaching staff had to intervene to drag Malama off the pitch as the defender fiercely protested his dismissal.

Referee Wellington Kaoma was forced to stop the match for about four minutes as irate Nkana fans disrupted proceedings, throwing missiles on the pitch.

Ching’andu sealed his brace in the 69th minute, riffling into the top corner from almost the same position as the first goal but this time with his left foot. The outstanding midfielder was to be withdrawn soon after, with Krmpotic seeting his eye on next weekend’s CAF match.

Nkana marksman Bwalya almost gave his team a route back into the game with a piece of magic of his own, wriggling past a couple of Zesco players before hammering a long range shot that cannoned off the crossbar.

Zesco will now shift attention to this weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup tie where they face Enugu Rangers away.

The Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield is the traditional season opener with proceeds from the match directed toward charity.

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