Zesco United snatched a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 home draw with AS Kaloum at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola in the two sides 2015 CAF Champions League first round, first leg match.
The first half was an even contest although Kaloum enjoyed the lion’s share of chances on target.
Cheick Ballo headed narrowly wide from a 6th minute and 20 minutes later Kassongo Kabongo fired his shot wide of target.
Zesco almost broke the deadlock from an unlikely source in the 42nd minute when Kaloum defender Souleymane Badji headed the ball onto his own post from a Lazarus Kambole corner.
Kaloum broke the deadlock in the 58th minute when Ibrahima Soumah headed in Mamadou Kouyate corner after the latter’s free kick was tipped over by Zesco goalkeeper Jacob Banda.
The Guineans continued to dominate but Zesco introduction of midfielder Maybin Mwaba in the in the 72nd minute gave the hosts some spark who came close with two great chances.
Zesco’s lifeline came three minutes into stoppage time when Justin Zulu headed in the equaliser off Mwaba’s free kick.
The goal was Zulu’s third goal in as many games played in the Champions League.
Kaloum will host Zesco in the final leg on April 5 at their adopted home in Bamako, Mali due to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.