Zesco United and Red Arrows made significant strides towards advancing to the second stage of their Caf Africa Champions League and Confederations Cup campaigns after respective home wins this afternoon over their East African opponents.
At the Trade Fair Grounds in Ndola, Zesco beat Mathare United 2-0 while Arrows crushed Mundu of Zanzibar 6-1 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Winger Clifford Chipalo scored a brace for Zesco with the first goal coming after the restart before a late goal from the attacker insured the homeside took a 2-0 advantage into the second leg to be played in Nairobi in a fortnights time.
Arrows on the other hand stuttered in the first half against a division 2 rated side before bashing their guests by six unanswered goals.
Judge Mkandawire gave Arrows a 1-0 lead after 27 minutes of play in the first half before Timothy Mbewe made it 2-0 in the 54tnh minute and the former completed his brace for the day seven minutes after the hour-mark.
Kamuzati Kabwe stretched Arrows lead in the 74th minutes, Chisi Mbewe mates it 5-0 three minutes from time while Chikwanki Liayinga completed the hosts rout from the spot deep into time added on.