Zambia's Green Buffaloes delighted a capacity home crowd at Independence Stadium, Lusaka, on Sunday (12 September) when they beat Nigeria's Enugu Rangers by three goals to one.
Zambia's Green Buffaloes delighted a capacity home crowd at Independence Stadium, Lusaka, on Sunday (12 September) when they beat Nigeria's Enugu Rangers by three goals to one. They were playing a quarter finals first-leg match in the Africa Cup of Clubs championships.
SYNOPSIS: From the start of the match, Zambia's Buffaloes played aggressive football, taking the initiative from Nigeria's Rangers. Playing from left to right, the Rangers had little chance of keeping the ball in possession long enough to score as the Buffaloes went all out to avenge their defeat by the Nigerian champion club last year. Throughout the match, the Buffaloes kept the play close to the Nigerian goal and the visiting keeper, Emmanuel Okala, was very hard-pressed to guard his nets.
The first goal came late in the first half when the Buffaloes scored off a free kick.
In the second half, Rangers, who kicked off, tried desperately to wrest the initiative from the home team. They kept up a steady stream of attacks on the Buffaloes goal. Although the Zambian keeper, Simon Chilongu, did let one through, he figured in some good saves, the most spectacular of them coming from a corner kick.
Towards the end of the game, the Buffaloes increased the pressure on the visiting team. The Zambians were leading by two goals to one when they gained possession of the ball. They then made their victory more convincing by slamming a third goal past Okala into the Nigerian nets.