CAF Confederation Cup: Zambian clubs secure first leg wins in play-offs

Zesco United defeated South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 on Sunday to complete a successful weekend for Zambian clubs in the first legs of the African Confederation Cup playoffs.Nkana trounced San Pedro of Ivory Coast 3-0 on Saturday boosting the chances of both Zambian sides reaching the group stage after the return matches.Lazarous Kambole, whose five-minute hat-trick last season is the fastest in an African club match, put Zesco ahead midway through the opening half in Ndola.Kenyan Jesse Were soon doubled the lead before Zimbabwean Khama Billiat struck for Kaizer Chiefs.Were netted again early in the second half and Billiat had a goal ruled offside before Kambole missed a sitter for the home side.The return match will be in Soweto this Saturday and Nkana play in Abidjan 24 hours later.Asante Kotoko, runners-up to fellow Ghanaians Hearts of Oak in the first Confederation Cup final 15 years ago, are poised to advance after a 3-2 win over Coton Sport in Cameroon.The Kumasi outfit twice built two-goal advantages in Yaounde before a 71st-minute Lambert Araina goal for the home side set up a tense finish.Nigerians Enugu Rangers, are also well-placed thanks to a 2-1 victory…

Zesco United defeated South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 on Sunday to complete a successful weekend for Zambian clubs in the first legs of the African Confederation Cup playoffs.Nkana trounced San Pedro of Ivory Coast 3-0 on Saturday boosting the chances of both Zambian sides reaching the group stage after the return matches.Lazarous Kambole, whose five-minute hat-trick last season is the fastest in an African club match, put Zesco ahead midway through the opening half in Ndola.Kenyan Jesse Were soon doubled the lead before Zimbabwean Khama Billiat struck for Kaizer Chiefs.Were netted again early in the second half and Billiat had a goal ruled offside before Kambole missed a sitter for the home side.The return match will be in Soweto this Saturday and Nkana play in Abidjan 24 hours later.Asante Kotoko, runners-up to fellow Ghanaians Hearts of Oak in the first Confederation Cup final 15 years ago, are poised to advance after a 3-2 win over Coton Sport in Cameroon.The Kumasi outfit twice built two-goal advantages in Yaounde before a 71st-minute Lambert Araina goal for the home side set up a tense finish.Nigerians Enugu Rangers, are also well-placed thanks to a 2-1 victory…