Despite Khama Billiat being on target, Kaizer Chiefs succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Zesco United at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Zambia on Sunday to leave their participation in the 2018-19 African Confederation Cup hanging by a thread. Kenyan forward Jesse Were scored a brace for the home side in the first leg of the play-off-round tie‚ and Lazarous Kambole got the other, leaving Chiefs with a mountain to climb in Saturday’s second leg if they are to reach the pool stages. Chiefs’ only previous visit to Zambia for a competitive fixture was in 2000 when they were ousted from the Caf Cup by Nchanga Rangers‚ who won 2-0 in Soweto and later held the AmaKhosi to a goalless draw. Coach Ernst Middendorp kept faith with Virgil Vries in goal‚ with a backline that included Teenage Hadebe‚ Daniel Cardoso‚ Mario Booysen and Godfrey Walusimbi. Willard Katsande was restored to the midfield after missing the 2-0 premiership victory over BidVest Wits in midweek. Were had a big chance early on ...

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