Zesco United rally after difficult week


Zesco United on Wednesday rebounded from an rough last four days to collect their first league win in four games.

The defending FAZ Super Division champions rallied to beat demoted Nchanga Rangers 3-1 at home in Ndola.

Goals from Idris Mbombo, John Chingandu and Jesse Were handed Zesco their first league win since October 18 when they beat Red Arrows 4-1 away in Lusaka.

Since then, Zesco drew two and lost as many games with the highlight coming last Sunday when second placed Nkana beat them 3-2 in Ndola to pick up their first victory over them since they were promoted in 2004.

24 hours later, coach George Lwandamina suddenly resigned ending a successful three years in charge.

Meanwhile, Zesco responded to the Nkana defeat and Lwandamina’s departure with a win but not before Nchanga had sent them to the ropes with the opening goal through their former striker Kabwe Chileshe.

Mbombo leveled matters in the 31st minute and Chingandu put Zesco ahead after halftime in the 47th minute.

Jesse Were sealed the win in the 56th minute to score his 15th goal in his first season in Zambia and is now seven goals behind leader Walter Bwalya of Nkana.

Zesco stay 4th on 54 points, fourteen points behind leaders Zanaco from 27 and 29 games played respectively.