Kenyan international forward Jesse Were scored a brace as Zesco United played to a 2 – 2 draw with Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League Group A match staged at the Suez Army Stadium on Friday 12 August.
Were’s brace should have earned the Zambian champions passage to the semifinal but Al Ahly rallied to hold the visitors in the fifth match of the group.
The former Tusker and Mathare United forward opened the scoring on the fifth minute, heading home a cross from Jackson Mwanza but the hosts leveled through defender Rami Rabia on the 29th minute emanating from a corner.
Were then completed his brace on the 35th minute with his fifth goal in the competition firing down the far post after being fed by John Chingandu.
Zesco almost conceded the second on the 71st minute but Jesse moved in to clear the ball from the line.
Zesco were however made to wait longer for a semi final berth as on the 85th minute Emad Meteb’s shot was deflected into the net by Kenyan defender David Owino with keeper Jacob Banda well beaten.
While Were and Owino clocked 90 minutes, another Kenyan international, Anthony Akumu was introduced on the 62nd minute for Kondwani Mtongwa.
The draw saw Zesco go top of Group A on eight points, three ahead of third placed Al Ahly with a game to go. Zesco hosts Wydad Casablanca in their final group game and will need just a point to guarantee a slot in the semis.
Wydad Casablanca will take on Asec Mimosas in the other group game on Sunday 14 August.