John Ching’andu scored a second half brace for Zesco United as they won the 2017 Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield after they defeated ten-man Nkana 2-0 in the final played at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday.
Nkana had their captain Donashano Malama sent off in the 58th minute for unsporting behavior as the right back intentionally step on Adama Banh’s belly as well as side nudging the Nigerien defender's head with his boot.
Zesco United had the lion’s share of chances in the first half and they could have taken an early lead when Jesse Were went through on goal in the 6th minute but Nkana goalkeeper Kelvin Malunga made a crucial left-foot save to deny the Kenyan forward with from close range.
The second chance for Krmpotic’s men arrived in the 24th minute through Idriss Mbombo who fired in a low effort with his right foot but Malunga was well placed to make a comfortable save.
A minute later it was Dave Daka who attempted a right-footed effort from range to force an acrobatic save out of Malunga and winning a corner in the process. Following the corner, Fackson Kampumbu fired a low effort across the face of the Nkana goal post.
Nkana’s best chance in front of goal came in the 7th minute when Malama’s floated delivery was met by Ronald Kampamba but the dimunitive striker’s free header went over and wide.
A minute after the break the deadlock was broken by John Ching’andu who sent Malunga flying with his thunderous effort which hit the top right corner before hitting the back of the net.
The move leading up to the goal was started when Donashano Malama’s defensive clearance on the right flank fell to Mbombo who then found a pass to Ching’andu who was unmarked at the top of the box when he unleashed his effort.
Nkana’s chances were still limited in the second half but in the 57th minute Kampamba went through on goal only for his effort to be blocked and their frustration began to manifest when Malama stomped on Banh and Walter Bwalya was given a yellow card for dissent leading to play being stopped for four minutes.
Zesco United’s numerical advantage was immediately evident as they began to push forward with ease and in the 66th minute Ching’andu could have added a second goal as he met Were’s squared but the ball flew over and wide.
However, Ching’andu was not to be denied three minutes later when he unleashed a left footed long range effort which hit the back of the net in similar fashion to his first for Krmpotic’s side to take a 2-0 lead with 24 minutes remaining on the clock.
Mbombo could have added a third when he was released by Anthony Akum but as he prepared to tap home after rounding Malunga the ball was taken off his feet by Shadreck Musonda.
The last piece of goal mouth action fell to Walter Bwalya who saw his strike hit the crossbar in the 76th minute as Nkana attempted a come back which never came.