Nkana FC won their Caf Confederation Cup Zambian derby against ZESCO United 3-0 in Kitwe on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Kelvin and Ronald Kampamba as well as Shadrick Musonda secured a victory for the Reds which sends them to the top of Group C (temporarily at least) with Team Ya Ziko mathematically getting eliminated from the competition.
Nkana put in a few tasty challenges in the opening stages and saw both Freddy Tshimenga and Gift Zulu go into the referee’s book.
ZESCO generally dominated possession but were unable to really stamp their authority on the game and test out the hosts’ goalkeeper Allan Chibwe.
The first half ended goalless, with Nkana fans frustrated by their teams’ inability to build any kind of attacking rhythm.
The hosts made a tactical change early in the second half, introducing Chisamba Lungu in place of Freddy Tshimenga in an effort to bring more creativity to their attack. However, Lungu lasted just three minutes before he had to be replaced by Harrison Chisala.
Despite this setback, Nkana claimed the lead in the 64th minute through a fine strike from Kelvin Kampamba, who sent an effort beyond the reach of goalkeeper Jacob Banda to put the hosts 1-0 up.
Another Kampamba, Ronald, then ensured the points for Nkana late in the game, as he made it 2-0 in the 85th minute. The forward capitalized on space at the back as the visitors began throwing more and more players forward in an effort to equalize.
Things went from bad to worse for ZESCO when Shadrick Musonda added a third late, driving a further nail into the coffin of the Zambian giants.