Kenyan International Jesse Were missed a second half penalty as Zesco United marked their return to the Zambian Super League (ZSL) with a 2-0 win over Konkola Blades in a rescheduled week one fixture played at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Wednesday 19 April.
Were was presented with the opportunity from the spot to open his 2017/18 league goal account in the 73rd minute after Idriss Mombo had been brought down in the visitors box but the ex-Tusker FC hit man effort was saved by the opposition keeper.
Lazarous Kambole who had been introduced in the 40th minute for Mwape Mwelwa who sustained injury needed only five minutes to head home a Fackson Kapumbu cross for a 1-0 half time lead for the hosts. Striker Idriss Mbombo then finished off a Kapumbu assist in the 71st minute to ensure his club remain undefeated at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium this season.
Were was to be replaced by Patrick Kongolo three minutes from time with other Kenyan Internationals David Owino and Anthony Akumu playing the entire game.
The result handed Konkola Blades their first defeat in the topflight after having started with a 1-0 win over Green Buffaloes. Zesco hosts Nchanga Rangers on Saturday 22 April for their second match of the campaign while Konkola Blades will be away to City of Lusaka.