Zesco United were crowned Charity Shield champions after they beat Nkana 2-0 in the final played at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Sunday.
Zesco United paraded a strong side with Kenyan trio of Anthony Akumu, David ‘Calabar’ Owino and Jesse Were starting. The win also handed coach Zlatko Krmpotic his debut trophy from four competitive games in charge since his appointment in February.
Hero on the day against 10-man Nkana was striker John Chingandu, who scored a brace. Chingandu lit up the match after a cagey first half that ended 0-0. The striker put Zesco on the road with the first goal in the 46th minute with a cracking shot from outside the box.
Nkana then suffered a setback back in the 58th minute when captain Donashano Malama was sent off for stomping Zesco defender Ben Adama. Zesco then smelt blood and Chingandu could have added his second in the 65th minute but fired wide his sitter on the goalline from a Jesse Were cross.
Chingandu redeemed himself three minutes later when he blasted his volley from the edge of the area giving Nkana goalkeeper Kelvin Malunga no chance to seal their Charity Shield triumph.
Zesco United will now turn their focus to 2017 Caf Confederation Cup where they will face Enugu Rangers in a pre-group stage on Saturday.