The kickoff to the 2008 football league season is just a month away and a new-look Zanaco has been modest about their chances for major honors in the new term.
Zanaco today played their first training game at their Sunset Stadium home ground that is for the first time this year that has been unplayable after being waterlogged due to the current heavy rains.
The 2005 and 2006 league champions who failed to retain their crown last season hosted demoted National Assembly this afternoon in a friendly match they won 4-2 parading several new faces in their line-up.
Some include Zambia Under-23 defenders Eugene Shamakamba and Charles Siyingwa have joined from Zamtel and Afrisports respectively.
Under-20 striker Kasuba Mwila has arrived on loan from Lusaka Dynamos together with his club mate and defender Luka Banda also from Dynamos.
Also in training today was Under-20 star striker Roger Kola from Edusport while midfielder Simon Sinyangwe has been drafted in from division 1 south team Riflemen.
All were in action this afternoon with Kola scoring Zanaco’s second before the first quarter of the match just minutes before he limped off with a knock.
Other goals came from Ignatius Lwipa who scored a brace and Winston Kalengo.
Missing was the promising Under-20 playmaker Henry Banda who is on loan from Kabwe Warriors who is out injured.
Meanwhile, Zanaco coach Wesley Mondo who has just been awarded a long term deal after being in temporal charge from August to December last year.
Mondo took over at Zanaco midway through last year following the dismissal of Fighton Simukonda was modest about The Bankers chances of winning the league this year.
The Zanaco said after the match the main priority was to blend the new faces in Zanaco’s rebuilding process with the old while a top 4 finish was their target while the 2008 league crown would be an added bonus.
Zanaco failed to retain their league title for a third successive year after winning the crown in 2005 and 2006 leading to the sacking of Simukonda after a poor run of results in the first half last season.
Zanaco went on to finish 7th under Mondo but played made no major impact in any cup competitions last season that saw Zesco win their first ever top-flight crown under the formers ex-coach Wedson Nyirenda.
Zesco meanwhile returned home on Thursday from an 18-day training camp in the United Arab Emirates.