Zanaco’s stay in the Caf Champions League is looking very bleak after losing 1-0 at home to Orlando Pirates.
The Zambian champions were poor throughout and made a modest Pirates look very good.
Furthermore, two of Zanaco’s three Zambia call-ups were poor throughout right in front of Herve Renard who was in the stands.
Defender Fackson Kapumbu and the highly-rated Roderick Kabwe both failed to reach the bar set on the day by compatriot Collins Mbesuma.
Even ex-Pirates striker Davies Mwape showed more hunger than Kabwe against his old club throughout the game.
Meanwhile, Pirates secured their vital away win thanks to a 5th minute header from Ndumiso Mabena off a Daine Klate corner.
A draw in Soweto in a fortnight’s time will suffice for Pirates to advance to the second round of the Champions League.
Winner will play either TP Mazembe or Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the pre-group stage first leg on April 20.
Mazembe also won 1-0 in Gaborone today to setup a prospective big clash against Pirates next month.