Harambee Stars winger Paul Were in a previous training session for Kazakhstani side Kaisar Kaysar
Paul Were assists in Cup loss as Zesco return to winning ways
By Imran Otieno | Thu 24 May, 2018 14:30

Kenyan international Paul Were notched an assist for Kaisar Kyzylorda when the team's Cup run came to an end in disappointing fashion as they were bundled out 2-1 courtesy of a late extra time goal by Shakhtar Karagandy on Wednesday 23 May. 

Meanwhile, in Zambia Zesco United returned to winning ways as they edged New Monze Swallows 1-0.

Also read: CAF CL: Kenyan trio feature in Zesco loss


Separated by just two points in the league, Shakhtar Karagandy welcomed Kaisar Kyzylorda in the Kazakhstan Cup quarter finals at the Stadion Metallurg. The two had earlier on in the month met with Kaisar thumping Karagandy 3-0. This was the ninth consecutive appearance for Were in a Kaisar outfit since joining them back in January.  

The game was deadlocked with five minutes left to the break when Were produced a piece of magic, pulling away from a defender to float in a calculated cross that found former PSG striker Franck Dja Djedjé who drilled in a half volley to hand Kaisar the lead. Karadandy pulled one back 12 minutes after resumption through Sergei Shaff. 

With the game seemingly headed to penalties, Kaisar conceded a late penalty which Damir Kojaševic converted to seal a win and a place in the semifinals.

Also read: Wanyama wins Spurs Award as Makwatta Scores in Zambia


Elsewhere in Zambia Zesco United home to Kenyan trio of Jesse Were, David Owino and Anthony Akumu ended their poor run of form with a 1-0 victory over newly promoted New Monze Swallows in the Zambian Super League on the same day. 

Jesse Were was missing from the match day squad, Anthony Akumu started from the bench while David Calabar was handed a starting berth having started in every league game this season.

It took only 3 minutes for Zesco to open the scoring, through Maybin Kalengo and that’s how things stayed to the final whistle. 

The win bridges the gap between top placed Green Buffaloes and Zesco to just two points but Zesco has a game less.

George Lwandaminda’s charges next face Kabwe Youth Soccer Academy on Saturday 26 May.

Imran Otieno
Twitter: @Imran_Otieno
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