Defending champions Zesco United’s FAZ Super Division title hopes hit some serious turbulence on Saturday afternoon at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka following a thorough 4-1 away loss at the hands of Pool A leaders Zanaco.
It was Zesco worst and second league loss of the 2019 season and left them three points behind Zanaco with six games left before the Pool A playoff spot is decided.
Goals from Moussa Souleymanou in the 11th minute, a 16th minute Shemmy Mayembe own-goal and another by Chitiya Mususu in the 27th minute handed Zanaco a 3-0 halftime lead.
Logic Chingandu put some respect to the score line with Zesco’s only goal in the 70th minute.
However , Ernest Mbewe sealed a great day at the office for the seven-time champions with the final goal in the 87th minute.
The result ended Zesco’s eight match unbeaten run in all competition since they beat Asante Kotoko of Ghana 2-1 in Ndola on March 17 in their final CAF Confederation Cup Group C match.
Zanaco stay top of Pool A on goal difference with 26 points, tied with second placed Lusaka Dynamos who were 1-0 away winners at bottom placed Prison Leopards in Kitwe thanks to Petrus Shitembi 5th minute goal.
Zesco drop one place to fifth after the loss on 23 points with six games left before the championship playoff places in Pool A and B are decided .