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Striker Were suspended for Zesco’s Champions League game

Kenyan striker Jesse Were is ineligible to feature in Zesco United’s opening clash of the Caf Africa Champions League group stage against Al Ahly this weekend.

The former Tusker FC forward is suspended after receiving consecutive yellow cards during games against AS Horaya (Guinea) and Stade Malien (Mali) earlier in the competition.

Also suspended is defender Ben Adama, who scored the lone goal in a crucial 1-0 away win to Nkana FC in Kitwe last weekend.

“I have just been alerted to the situation. I won’t be able to play,” Were told Nairobi News from his Ndola base.

Were’s absence could prove vital for George Lwandamina’s team.

The 27 year-old striker, who is being courted by several clubs in South Africa, is the team’s top scorer at the half way stage of the season, with ten league goals and three champions league goals.

Congolese Idriss Mbombo and local boy Jackson Mwanza are expected to deputise for Were in the game against the Egyptian powerhouse set for the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Meanwhile, two other Kenyan footballers, David “Calabar” Owino and Anthony Akumu are set to create a bit of history if they line up for Zesco against Al Ahly by becoming the first Kenyans to feature in this stage of the competition.

Zesco have been pooled against Ahly, Ivorian club Asec Mimosas, alongside Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca in this lucrative phase of the competition.