Zambian players abroad had mixed fortunes in midweek matches with two of the recalled TP Mazembe legion of Rainford Kalaba and Kabaso Chongo starring for their team as they drew 0-all with Moroccan outfit El Jadidi in the CAF Champions League.
There was no action for midfielder Nathan Sinkala who was left out as his side qualified to the Champions League semi-finals of Africa’s elite competition.
Chongo played 90 minutes while Kalaba was withdrawn in the 78th minute.
In South Africa Kennedy Mweene watched from the bench as Mamelodi Sundowns crashed out of the CAF Champions League at the hands of Horoya FC after a 0-all home draw.
Within the borders of South Africa, Justin Shonga was a second half substitute as Orlando Pirates edged Mwape Musonda’s Black Leopards in the ABSA Premiership.
His compatriot Augustine Mulenga was not in the team.
In France Stoppilla Sunzu was a second half substitute as FC Metz defeated Lens in the French Cup on post-match penalties.
The match ended 1-all in regulation with Metz winning 3-5 on post-match penalties.
Sunzu had come on the second half for John Boye to add to his regular participation in Ligue table toppers Metz’s colours.
More players are expected to be in action this evening with the top of the bill clash being UEFA Champions League second leg match for Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu who have been named in squad but will wait to hear if they will start.
Redbull Salzburg hosts Serbian side Crvena Zvezda with the winner joining the draw for tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League in Monaco.
The first leg ended 0-0 and Redbull will be hoping to finish off the job.
Daka and Mwepu will have a chance to join the crème de la crème of Europe’s top tier competition should Redbull Salzburg be among the six winners of the play-off ties to be played on 21/22 and 28/29 August.
Other teams with Zambian interest in action are Polokwane City in South Africa who have Salulani Phiri on their books who play Golden Arrows while SuperSport United that has Gamphani Lungu host Chippa United.
Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroek will be keeping tabs on foreign based players that he has roped in his 26 member squad for the September 8 Group K Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.