A TEN-MAN Green Eagles side has beaten Young Buffaloes of eSwatine 2-nil in their first appearance in the continental games.
The Eagles are the first team from Southern Province to engage in continental action and recording a maidem victory from the revamped Choma Independence Stadium was the icing.
Eagles coach Aggrey Chiyangi described his team’s win as tough.
The Aggrey Chiyangi side commonly known as Kawale boys scored their first goal in minute 62 through Edward Mwamba while their second goal came in the 90th minute through Jonathan Manengo, following a rebound, after Young Buffalos goalkeeper Gwebu Nhlanhla saved Anos Tembo’s penalty kick.
Green Eagles, who in the first half failed to utilise a couple of chances, had Amity Shamenda red carded in the second half after injuring Young Buffalos’s Dennis..
In a post-match briefing, Chiyangi said as much as his team managed to get the desired three points, the opponents were a better side.
“There was a lot of pressure but at least we have managed to get the required maximum points. Our opponents are a good side and now that we have seen how they play, we will go back to the drawing board and prepare for the next match (return match),” said Chiyangi.
Young Buffaloes Dominic coach Kunene conceded defeat saying his team knew that the game was not going to be easy.
Kunene said despite his boys having created a lot of chances in the second half, football was decided by goals.
“I’m proud with the performance of my boys, it’s not easy to play an away game but now we’ll go and prepare,” said Kunene.
Meanwhile, Choma residents braved the rains to give support to their team.
Despite an hour-long rains before the game, fans managed to fill the stadium to near capacity.
The entertaining game, however, had three stoppages following injuries to Young Buffalos players.
It took Eagles coach to make tactical changes to break the stubborn Young Buffaloes defence.
Chiyangi made a double change, substituting striker Shadeck Mulongwe with Anos Tembo and midfielder Progress Kalengo for George Chaloba in the 53rd minutes.
Green Eagles is expected to travel to eSwatine next month for the return match in the Confederations Cup.
The match was officiated by a Sudan Referee Alamen Hafiz Adbelghani.