4 March 2013

Zambia/Angola: Caala Eject Power

POWER Dynamos yesterday kissed the Orange 2013 CAF Confederation Cup goodbye when they lost to Clube Recreativo de Caala of Angola who scored a goal in each half of this thrilling preliminary round return match played in Huambo.

Elimination was a bitter pill to swallow for Power, who on paper had a good chance of qualifying to the first round than Zambia's Orange 2013 CAF Champions League representatives Zanaco, who conceded two goals at home against Swaziland's Mbabane Swallows two weeks ago.

Unlike Power, Zanaco held their own in Swaziland yesterday to force a goalless draw and qualify 3-2 on aggregate setting up a clash with Chipolopolo striker Collins Mbesuma's Orlando Pirates of South Africa, who annihilated FC Djabal of the Comoros Islands 9-0 on aggregate.

Alione levelled the tie for Caala in the ninth minute when he found the back of the net to cancel out Power's 1-0 lead from the first leg two weeks ago in Kitwe when striker Graven Chitalu came off the bench in the first half to head home the all-important goal in the 71st minute.

Ze Augusto doubled the lead in the 68th minute to send the home crowd into ecstasy as Power, who were missing the services of injured first choice goalkeeper Joshua Titima and rightback Govender Simwala, struggled to find a vital away goal which would have handed them qualification.

Caala will play Mali's US Boungouni in the first round while Power, who are scheduled to arrive back home today on a chartered plane, switch their attention to the local league where they play Zanaco this weekend in the Samuel 'Zoom' Ndhlovu Charity Shield final.

Boungouni, who became the first second division team in Mali to win the Malian Cup, defeated Unisport Bafang of Camaroun 2-0 on Saturday in Mali to qualify 3-0 on aggregate.

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