ZESCO United F.C.

ZESCO United Football Club (Simply often known as ZESCO) is a Zambian professional football club based in Ndola in Zambia, that competes in the Zambia Super League, Founded in 1974. The team plays its home matches at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

ZESCO UNITED
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Full nameZESCO United Football Club
Nickname(s)Zega Mambo, Team Ya Ziko
Short nameZesco
Founded1 January 1974; 47 years ago (1974-01-01)
StadiumLevy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola
Capacity49,800
OwnerZESCO
ChairmanRichard Mulenga
ManagerMumamba Numba
LeagueZambia Super League
WebsiteClub website

The club is wholly owned and sponsored by the state owned electricity supplier ZESCO.[1]

History and recordsEdit

ZESCO United was founded in 1974. They became the first Zambian club to qualify for the CAF African Champions League Group stage in 2009. ZESCO United are one of only 3 Zambian clubs including Nkana and Green Buffaloes who hold an all time unbeaten home record against non Zambian opposition. ZESCO United also became the first Zambian Club this century to play against European opposition when they played against Zenit Saint Petersburg in Abu Dhabi in 2008.

They reached their first ever semi finals of the CAF African Champions League after a 2–2 draw away to Egyptian league champions Al Ahly in Matchday 5 of the Champions' League quarter final group stage.[2]

They extended their all time unbeaten home record against non Zambian teams to 26 games on Saturday, 17 September 2016, after a 2–1 home win against South African league champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF African Champions League.[3]

The club also created history by being the first Zambian club to sign Asian players, with Kosuke Nakamachi from Japan.

AchievementsEdit

2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2019
2007, 2011, 2015 ,2017
2006
2007
1980, 2003

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

2008 – Last 32
2009 – Group stage (Top 8)
2011 – Last 16
2015 – Last 32
2016 – Semi-finals
2018 – Group stage (Top 16)
2022 - First Round
2006 – Last 32
2010 – First Round
2013 – Last 16
2017 – Quarter-finals

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 3 May 2021.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ZAM Jacob Banda (captain)
2 DF   ZAM Solomon Sakala
3 DF   ZAM Fackson Kapumbu
4 MF   ZAM Edward Tembo
5 DF   COD Marcel Kalonda
6 DF   ZAM Simon Silwimba
10 FW   ZAM Winston Kalengo
11 MF   ZAM John Ching'andu
14 DF   ZAM Adrian Chama
16 GK   BFA Dieudonné Ntibahezwa
17 MF   ZAM Logic Ching'andu
18 MF   ZAM Kondwani Mtonga
20 MF   ZIM Thabani Kamusoko
21 DF   ZAM Daut Musekwa
22 MF   ZAM Mwape Mwelwa
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 FW   KEN Jesse Were
26 DF   ZAM Mwila Phiri
27 DF   ZAM Clement Mwape
28 GK   ZAM Lameck Nyangu
30 DF   ZAM Samson Banda
GK   ZAM Toaster Nsabata
GK   KEN Ian Otieno
DF   ZAM Donashano Malama
DF   ZAM Bernard Mapili
MF   ZAM Kelvin Kampamba
MF   ZAM Bruce Musakanya
MF   ZIM Tafadzwa Rusike
FW   ZAM Chitiya Mususu
FW   KEN John Makwata

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zesco Utd embrace big bus theory". Lusaka Times. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  2. ^ "Africa: Success Story Coming From Zambian Club Zesco Utd in African Club Championship".
  3. ^ "Puncherello Chama gives his analysis of Zesco's win over Sundowns in the African Champions League semi-final 1st leg".

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