Sunday Nov 28, 2021. 20:00
Ex-Orlando Pirates striker Bernard Morisson dented 10-man Red Arrows’ 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup group stage hopes on Sunday when he scored a brace in Simba SC’s 3-0 home win over the Zambian club.
The Ghana-born striker scored in each half then contributed an assist but missed a penalty in the pre-group stage, first leg match played at Benjamin Mukapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Morisson put Simba ahead in the 16th minute when he whipped-in a free kick he won after George Simbayambaya fouled him on the edge of the box.
He turned provider for Simba’s second goal three minutes later when he beat three Arrows defenders before rolling the ball across the face of Arrows goalmouth to Meddie Kagere who was lurking unmarked on the far post who tapped it in from close-range.
Morisson then won a penalty in the 33rd minute after Chipolopolo defender Prosper Chiluya brought him down.
However, Arrows goalkeeper Charles Kalumba denied him an opportunity for a first half brace when he parried the spot-kick as Simba headed into the break leading two-nil.
Arrows were later reduced to ten men in the 57th minute when Chiluya received his second booking of the day as Simba continued to put the pressure on the visitors.
It paid off in the 78th minute when Morisson swept passed Tresor Tshibwabwa and Edward Tembo to fire-in the ball from an acute angle on the near-post and hand Arrows a mountain to climb next Sunday in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, Arrows compatriots and Lusaka rivals Zanaco are looking on course for CAF Confederation Cup group stage qualification following a 3-0 home win on the same date over Binga FC of Mali at National Heroes Stadium.
Zanaco took a one-nil halftime lead through Abraham Siankombo in the 37th minute while Moses Phiri scored a brace in the 51st and 72nd minutes.
They head to Bamako this weekend needing a draw to make their fourth league phase qualification in continental football.