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Zanaco 4-0 Enyimba: Zambians Shock Nigerians In CAF Confederations Cup

Enyimba have yet to win on their travels in this year’s competition or score a goal on the road after earlier losing 2-0 in the first round to Académica Soyo of Angola and 0-3 to AS Vita from DR Congo in round two before conjuring great escapes in their return leg home matches to advance in the competition.

In Lusaka yesterday, the 2003 and 2004 CAF Champions League winners conceded all the four goals in the first 45 minutes of the match that Zanaco dominated the newly-crowned Nigerian League champions.

Zanco took just two minutes on the clock played to take the lead through defender Eugene Shamakamba, who headed in a corner kick from Allen Mukuka to make it 1-0.

Exactly three minutes later, Zanaco were back on target through Mathews Macha who crashed in a close-range shot past Enyimba goalkeeper Ejiogu Chiyoke.

Enyimba’s best attempt in the first half came from their lively winger Philip Auta on 15 minutes who skipped past Zanaco's defence but saw his tame shot sail across the face of the home side's goalmouth.

Zanaco continued to dominate Enyimba and stretched their lead to 3-0 in the 29th minute through Zambia international forward Ignatius Lwipa who his left rifled in a shot from inside the box following a layoff from Venecious Mapande.

The host’s rout of the Nigerian giants was complete in the 44th minute when striker Winston Kalengo squeezed a headed-in ball from close range with just inches between Chiyoke and the right post courtesy of some good work from Mwelwa Sakala.

Enyimba returned after the break showing some semblance of quality but could not find a way through an organized Zanaco defence as Auta continued to be Enyimba's biggest threat when he led a three-pronged attack with Josiah Maduabuchi and Kalu Uche.

Another great escape act will be needed by Okey Emordi's side in the return leg decider in Aba in a fortnight's time for them to qualify to the Confederations Cup mini-league stage that kicks off next month after suffering one of their biggest defeats to date in CAF club competition.

Meanwhile, Libyan champions Al-Ittihad recorded a 2-0 victory over Primeiro de Agosto of Angola on Friday in their second 1/8th round first leg clash of the Confederation Cup.

Striker Mohamed Zubya was the hero for the Libyan giants, scoring a goal in each half to give his side a first leg advantage.

Ittihad, ousted from the premier continental club championships by record winners Ahly of Egypt put up a blistering performance to keep alive their ambitions of featuring in the mini-league stages of the second tier continental.

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