Zesco vow to qualify to CAF Champions League 2nd stage

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L to R: Zesco United coach Tenant Chembo, striker Winston Kalengo and midfielder Maybin Mwaba at the club's weekly press briefing ahead of their game against Nkana this Saturday in Ndola.
L to R: Zesco United coach Tenant Chembo, striker Winston Kalengo and
midfielder Maybin Mwaba at the club’s weekly press briefing ahead of
their game against Nkana this Saturday in Ndola.

Zesco United coach Tenant Chembo says failure is a word not on the clubs’ vocabulary as they prepare for Wednesday’s must-win 2018 CAF Champions League tie against JKU of Zanzibar.

JKU visit Zesco in the final leg decider at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola after a 0-0 first leg draw on February 10 in Zanzibar.

A score draw will see JKU advance to the pre-group stage on away goals rule and so Zesco have no choice but to mount an all-out attack to ensure they get the three points at home.

“It is an important match for Zesco,” Chembo said.

“We all know it is a qualifier and we went away and we drew. So we all know what is at stake.

“The boys are aware about the mission at hand.”

Furthermore, Zesco also have a reputation to keep at home where they are unbeaten in continental action.

“We want to maintain that legacy in terms of positive results at home,” Chembo said.

“Failure is not in our vocabulary.”

Winner on Wednesday will face either ASEC Mimosa of Cote d’Ivoire or Benin club Buffles du Borgou in the pre-group stage in March.

ASEC and Buffles, who meet in Abidjan an hour after the Zesco-JKU game, are tied at 1-1 from the first leg on February 11 in Cotonou.

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  1. qualify to the next round. Dont be like Buffaloes and Nkana. Nkana also have gone to lose, God knows by have many goals.

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    • I always trust Zambian teams when it comes the matter of Sub- Saharan representation in club continental ties. Zesco has been impressive against northern teams.
      I think Zesco, TpMazembe, Mamelodsundown and AS Vita Club are doing great job to represent the southern coccer. Other teams such as Simba, Young African Sports Club both of Tanzania, and other teams in the region have to learn from those successful teams.

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