Zesco United 0-0 away draw on Sunday against Djoliba has put them closer to making history of becoming the first Zambian club to reach the Caf African Champions League group stage.
Fighton Simukonda’s side need to hold their nerve to avoid a draw but win when they host Djoliba in the return leg on May 2 at the Trade Fair Grounds in Ndola.
Zesco are unbeaten in this years tournament and have enjoyed some good away form with two draws and one win in the previous two stages since they began their campaign in February.
Moreover, Zesco have yet to lose in the Champions League and their two scoreless draws against seasoned West African campaigners like Africa Sports and Djoliba puts them as favorites.
Meanwhile, Zesco will be hoping to become the 13th club from the Cosafa region to reach the lucrative stage of the Champions League since it began in 1997.
South Africa has led the trend with five clubs namely Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United, Manning Rangers and Ajax Cape Town.
Angola has had two clubs in the competition while Malawi and Zimbabwe have had one each in the form of Bakili Bullets and Dynamos respectively.
Reunion’s Saint Lousienne made history in 1999 while Ferrovario and Costa do Sol both from Mozambique have also made it to the group stage of the same competition.
CAF CONFEDERATIONS CUP 2ND ROUND, 1ST LEG
ENPPI 4(Ayman Saied 21″, Adel Mostafa 50″, Ahmed Raouf 56″ 60″) – Red Arrows 0
CAF AFRICA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2ND ROUND, 1ST LEG,
Djoliba AC 0- Zesco United 0