Ten man Nkana on Sunday afternoon beat visiting Asante Kotoko of Ghana 3 – 1 in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage match played at Nkana Stadium.
Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba scored a brace with Freddie Tshimenga netting from the spot.
Beston Chambeshi looked to have tweaked his tactics as he played a double pivot of Shadreck Malambo and Duncan Otieno with enterprising Kelvin Kampamba on the tip of the midfield three.
It looked a 50-50 affair in the opening exchanges but it was Nkana’s captain Walter Bwalya who got Nkana the opening chance when he beat Ismail Abdhu on the right only for the defender to bring him down in the box for a penalty.
Freddie Tshimenga stepped up to score from the spot in the 21st minute.
Kotoko were quickly back in attack and Richard Ocran pulled down a Ghanaian attacker just outside the box a minute a later.
Yacouba Songwe stepped up and his well taken effort clipped the crossbar near Allan Chibwe’s right angle for the equalizer in the 23rd minute.
Nkana then benefited from a lapse in defense by the visitors for Walter Bwalya to head Kampamba into space. The ‘landlord’ took full advantage to shoot home for his first of the night and Nkana’s second.
Nkana extended their lead in the 53rd minute when Kampamba sneaked in between the huge defenders to head home a Gift Zulu cross to just about seal the game for the hosts.
But there was more drama when Ghanaian defender Ocran picked a second yellow after he elbowed Yacouba in retaliation for the referee to give him marching orders in the 75th minute.
The red card did not seem to unsettle the home team as they brought in former Kotoko defender Ben Bahn for goal scorer Tshimenga to help see off the game.
Zesco United were held to a 1-all draw by Al Hilal. Nkana now top the group.