Zesco United coach Tenant Chembo has conceded that talk of the imminent return of George Lwandamina has affected him over February’s two legs of the 2018 CAF Champions League.
Lwandamina is reportedly heading back to Zesco after dumping them in November, 2016 to take charge of Tanzanian champions Young Africans.
Zesco seemingly do not have faith in Chembo who delivered the 2017 FAZ Super Division title after going unbeaten in their last ten games last season after Zlatko Kromptic was suspended by the club last October.
Chembo on Wednesday steered Zesco to an emphatic 7-0 home win over JKU of Zanzibar at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola to advance by the same aggregate result to the pre-group stage of the 2018 CAF Champions League.
That result was also Zesco’s biggest victory in their continental history.
“One has to be professional in terms of a working relationship, yes, but I am human. I cannot hide the pressure was on me considering the pedigree of the coach that is coming,” Chembo said and who has been at Zesco since 2012.
“But having said that, I am a professional man and I have to abide to my contractual obligations.”
Chembo has guided Zesco to two runners-up league finishes league as interim coach in 2013 and 2016 and also won the 2016 Barclays Cup in a caretaker capacity with the six-time champions.