Ten-man Sensational Zanaco forced a 1-1 draw against Motema Pembe away at the Complexe Omnisports Stade des Martyrs in their opening match of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.
Coach Numba Mumamba named a strong starting line up as Tafadzwa Rusike returned to partner Kelvin Kapumbu in midfield with Roger Kola playing as a lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation.
The Bankers started strong and controlled the match from the onset. Cameroonian midfielder Souleymanou Moussa broke the deadlock after 25 minutes with a fine finish from inside the box after receiving a beautiful pass from Rusike.
Zanaco could have doubled the lead before the break but Manziba and Moussa failed to utilize their chances while Rusike's long-range drive was well felt with to make sure the scores remained 1-0 at half time.
In the second half, the Bankers continued where they left off searching for a second goal. Zanaco were however reduced to ten men in the 67th minute after Kelvin Kapumbu got a rather unnecessary second yellow card to send for an early shower.
Motema Pembe capitalized on their numerical advantage and leveled matters ten minutes later through Peter Kalowole. Neither side could find the winner and the match ended level at 1-1, Zanaco securing a vital away point in their first match of the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.
Zanaco starting line up: T.Nsabata, L. Chungu, J.Nakena, B.Makiese, T.Lombard, K.Kapumbu, T.Rusike, G.Manziba (K.Lassa 70'), E.Mbewe (C.Zulu 53'), S.Moussa, R.Kola (C.Mususu 62').
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