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12:24 GMT+3 11/05/2017
Zesco United trio of Jesse Were David Owino and Anthony Akumu
The point saw Zesco bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 away defeat at Napsa Stars in what was their first loss in 2017

Kenyan defender David Owino scored a late goal to earn Zesco United a 2-2 draw against Green Buffaloes on Wednesday.

Owino nodded-in John Chingandu’s corner to see the homeside and the fans breathe a massive sigh of relief as they were heading to a second successive defeat. The point saw Zesco bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 away loss at Napsa Stars in what was their first competitive loss in 2017.

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However, Zesco’s revival wasn’t that straightforward after Buffaloes took a 2-0 lead into the break. Brain Mwila skipped my past Marcel Kalonda to fire in the first goal in the 11th minute. Diamond Chikwekwe added the second goal in the 26th minute on the rebound after Banda had parried his initial header back onto his path.

Zesco’s first half frustrations were compounded in the 38th minute when John Chingandu sent his penalty wide after Felon Sitonya had handled the ball. But coach Zlatko Krmpotic made three critical changes in the 46th minute. Ben Banh, Kondwani Mtonga and Jesse Were came on for Fackson kapumbu, Misheck Chaila and Lazarus Kambole respectively.

Zesco now turn their attention to Egyptian club Smouha on Saturday whom they host in an opening Group C match of 2017 Caf Confederation Cup.