Jesse Were @ SS com
Jesse Were @ SS com

Were bags brace in Zesco win over Arrows

Jesse Were scored twice as Clatous Chama and Idriss Mbombo contributed a goal apiece in Zesco United’s 4-1 victory against Red Arrows in a rescheduled Week 21 fixture played at Nkoloma Stadium on Tuesday.

Were’s double meant that the Kenyan forward increased his league tally to 14 and 18 in all competitions this season.

Mbombo’s goal was his fourth league goal of the season while it was his tenth in all competitions.

Chama scored his sixth goal in the league to take his tally to ten in all competitions.

Were scored the opener when he converted from the penalty spot in the 37th minute following a handball by Rodrick Zimba for the visitors to take a 1-0 lead at the break.

Zesco scored three more goals in ten minutes towards the end of the second half starting with Chama’s goal in the 76th minute which made it 2-0 after he weaved his way through the Arrows defence before firing past Kenny Mumba in goal for the hosts.

Five minutes later, Were tapped home from close range after Mbombo’s effort rebounded off the woodwork.

Mbombo was not to be denied in the 86th minute with a long range effort but there was still enough time for Arrows to register a consolation goal which was scored from the penalty spot by Francis Kombe in the 89th minute.

The victory kept Zesco United in fourth position but moved to 49 points from 22 matches. They have five games in hand from leaders Zanaco who are on 64 points from 27 matches.

Lwandamina told in a post match interview that the result did not reflect how difficult the match was for his team.

“It was not an easy game; if it was easy it would have been easy for us from the onset but we were made to work for this victory. Every match we are going to play is not going to be easy. We have to plan well and work hard because our matches until the end of the season are going to be played on Wednesdays and Saturdays.”

Lwandamina declined to give any comments on what to expect from his team in Saturday’s possible title decider against leaders Zanaco.

“We can’t talk about Zanaco today. We are here to talk about the match we played with Red Arrows,” he said.