ZESCO United coach Zlatko Krmpotic dedicated his first trophy in the Zambian league to his players.
And Nkana coach Zeddy Saileti said failing to win the Charity Shield was painful.
Zesco beat 10-man Nkana 2-0 on Sunday to claim a fourth Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield at Levy Mwanawasa stadium.
Striker John Ching’andu scored two spectacular second half goals in a match that was however characterised by ugly scenes as Nkana fans threw objects on the pitch in protest of what they termed biased officiating by referee Wellington Kaoma.
Kaoma could not punish Zesco’s Jesse Were for physically confronting Nkana’s Fred Tshimenga in retaliation and moments later red carded Nkana captain Donashano Malama for fouling defender Ben Bahn in a goal mouth melee with a score line at 1-0 which sparked embarrassing scenes from the terraces while Nkana players continued surrounding Kaoma with protestations while Malama sobbed uncontrollably.
The match was briefly halted as a section of Nkana fans from the lower deck pelted the technical areas.
Order was eventually restored and the match resumed with Nkana creating chances of their own but failed to score through Walter Bwalya and Ronald Kampamba while Idris Mbombo was guilty of failing to score a third with only the goal mouth at his disposal.
“I am very happy and congratulations to my players. This trophy is for my players, it’s not for me. But we played a very good team, Nkana is a good team with very good players,” said Krmpotic.
Nkana coach Zeddy Saileti said his players lacked confidence and gave Zesco too much space in the first half.
“I think we started very low, the confidence levels were low in the first half. We gave them too much space but the game changed after we spoke to them at half time but then, they scored just 26 seconds in the second half. Then the red card changed the game. I don’t know whether it was a red card or not but that’s football, I am happy though because we have achieved our objective of playing two competitive games before the league starts though its painful not to win the cup,” said Saileti.