By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE -at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
Power 2 Zesco 0
STRIKER Alex Ng’onga yesterday scored a brace as Power Dynamos recorded a convincing victory over a sloppy 10-man Zesco United in the four-team pre-season training tournament played in Ndola.
Zesco coach Tenant Chembo opted to field a full strength squad with the likes of Kondwani Mtonga, Kangwa Chileshe, Maybin Mwaba, Winstone Kalengo and Zimiseleni Moyo in the starting line up hoping for an improved performance following day one defeat to Congolese side Don Bosco.
The Orange 2014 CAF Confederations Cup envoys went into this match desperately wanting a win to calm their fans after having lost their first game of the year but it was not an easy task as Power rose to the occasion to send a strong signal to other teams ahead of the soccer season.
As anticipated, this mouth watering clash between the MTN-FAZ Premier League rivals produced some pieces of good football but Power dominated play as the home side was forced to chase the game.
Ng’onga, who spent last season on loan at Nchanga Rangers, put Power ahead on the hour mark with a superb bicycle kick within the box leaving Zesco keeper Brown Nyirenda stunned as the ball sunk in the net.
Having conceded, Zesco did not look like a side that would push for an equaliser as they were outplayed in most departments.
Ng’onga completed his brace on 80 minutes with a crisp chip after collecting a loose ball from Mtonga’s clearance to shutter Zesco’s hopes of a comeback and increased his tally to three goals in the tournament after scoring against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
Zesco’s best chance of the game came four minutes before full time when Joshua Titima parried away a Kalengo’s header that was destined inside the net.
The home team’s woes were deepened after Charles Siyingwa was sent off with a second yellow card by referee Francis Lombe after a foul on Power midfielder Kennedy Mudenda.
The victory would boost Power’s spirit camp ahead of the 2014 soccer season that kick starts next month while Zesco will have to step up their game as they prepare for the CAF Confederation Cup.
By press time, Sundowns were in action against Don Bosco. Zesco will play Sundowns in the final games on Saturday while Power battles it out against Don Bosco.