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Were scores twice as Zesco snatches vital draw against Ahly

Harambee Stars striker Jesse Were posted arguably his most memorable performance for Zesco United during his team’s 2-2 draw against Al Ahly in a Caf Africa Champions League group stage match in Egypt on Friday night.

The speedy striker, who has been instrumental for his club this year, struck twice in the opening half.

The goals not only earned the Zambian champions a crucial point against a seasoned opponent, but also edged “Timu Ya Ziko” closer to a historic appearance in the semi finals of the continent’s premier club competition.

Speaking to Nairobi News after the game, the former Tusker FC attacker revealed he was satisfied both his individual performance and the result.

“We should have won having twice taken the lead. That said, it isn’t easy to pick up a result in North Africa so we have to be satisfied,” Were said.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

Following this outcome, Zesco now top group B with eight points from five games.

Morroco’s Wydad Casablanca are second (7 points) having played a game less. Ahly are third (five points) and Asec Mimoas last (four points).

The Ahly – Zesco contest was also graced by two other Kenya internationals. Defender David “Calabar” Owino featured for the entirety of this match, while midfielder Anthony Akumu was an unused substitute.

Kenyan fans will be hoping Were, who top scored in the Kenyan Premier League during the 2014 and 2015 league seasons, and also currently leads the scoring charts in Zambia’s top flight league with 12 goals, will carry this form to the national team.

He is expected to partner Swedish-based Micheal Olunga in attack when Kenya play Uganda and Zambia in three weeks time.