Record four-time champions Zesco United qualified to the 2016 Barclays Cup semifinals in style with a stoppage time goal against Division 1 Zone 2 promotion favourites Konkola Blades.
Zesco beat Blades 2-1 at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe on Sunday in their first competitive game back in action since their 2016 CAF Champions League semifinal elimination a week ago at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns.
However, Zesco found themselves 1-0 at halftime against the run of play when Kilo Mwepu beat the offside trap to hand Blades the lead in the 36th minute.
Zesco Fought back to equalize in the 53rd minute through Misheck Chaila.
Zesco’s semifinal passage arrived courtesy of Maybin Mwaba who came off the bench in the 72nd minute to replace Clatus Chama to steal the win with an injury time goal.
Mwaba fired in the ball from close-range off a Mwape Mwelwa pass to ensure the match did not go to penalties.
Zesco now await the inescapable semifinal draws where fellow big guns Zanaco, Nkana and two-time champions Power Dynamos await.