Veteran midfielder Isaac Chansa is savouring Saturday’s 2017 Barclays Cup triumph after scoring the defining goal in the 2-1 final result over Napsa Stars at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Chansa’s 108th minute goal in extra-time handed Zanaco their debut Barclays Cup win.
But most importantly, it broke Zanaco’s agonizing 11 year Barclays Cup jinx in which The Bankers had never failed to qualify for but had only two loser’s medals to show for it.
And Zanaco fought hard to end their Barclays drought after 2012 champions Napsa had taken the lead in the 46th minute through striker Youremember Banda.
Striker Felix Nyaende made sure the tie was decided in extra-time after equalizing from an 84th minute penalty following a foul on winger Charles Zulu by Napsa defender Derrick Mwansa.
“It is a great feeling, it wasn’t an easy game. As you know, it was a derby, it was exciting and it was end-to-end football. I am very excited together with my teammates and to also to get a wonderful goal which was the winning goal,” Chansa said.
Zulu was the provider of the ball with a cross from the far left to the near right post where Chansa was lurking and headed-in the ball with an ice-cold finish.
“The coaches told me that it was me who had the favoured chance to score the winning goal. They told me that I should go to the wings and position myself and I think that’s what happened,” said Chansa.
With the Barclays Cup finally in the cabinet, Zanaco now turn their attention back to the business of defending their league title with a strong prospect of a 2017 double.
Zanaco lead the league table on 60 points, four more than second placed Green Buffaloes with six matches left to play.
“We have the league match on Wednesday so we won’t celebrate that much because we are playing Kabwe Warriors,” Chansa said.