Zesco United coach Tenant Chembo has made three changes to the team that will face ASEC Mimosa this Sunday in their must-win 2018 CAF Champions League away clash in Abidjan.
Chembo has axed three regulars who include two veterans namely defender Dauti Musekwa and striker Jackson Mwanza.
Also axed is Enock Sabamukumana following a lacklustre start to the 2018 season by the highly rated Burundi international midfielder.
In the team is new boy striker Adams Zikiru who scored four goals on his competitive Zesco debut in a 7-0 home win over JKU of Zanzibar on February 21 during the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.
Zikiru is also set for his debut CAF Champions League trip after he was overlooked for the 0-0 first leg draw against JKU in Zanzibar on February 10.
Chembo has also named dead-ball specialist and defender Bornwell Silengo to his travelling party for the first time in 2018 continental action.
Silengo has yet to feature in the 2018 CAF Champions League but has scored three goals, all from free kicks in two 2018 Charity Shield games for Zesco.
Midfielder Misheck Chaila will also travel to Cote d’Ivoire after he was left out of last month’s trip to Zanzibar.
Meanwhile, Zesco head to Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday trailing 1-0 from the first leg match played on March 7 in Ndola at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
A draw or defeat for them this Sunday in Abidjan will see Zesco relegated to next month’s last 32 of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup.
Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda, Dieudonne Ntibahezwa
Defenders: Bornwell Silengo, Solomon Sakala, Simon Silwimba, David Owino, Marcel Kalonda, Fackson Kapumbu
Midfielders: Mwape Mwelwa, John Chingandu, Kondwani Mtonga, Mwape Mwelwa, Misheck Chaila, Anthony Akumu,Lameck Banda
Strikers: Jesse Were, Winston Kalengo, Lazarus Kambole, Adams Zikiru
Point of correction the writer. ZESCO will qualify if they play to scoring draw of more than 1 goal. We need consistency . I feel Kalonda and Owino are the best centre halves. With due respect Musekwa needs some rest
@Power 90 ..Zesco need to win by a scoreline of 1:2 or more to qualify. Any draw even if its 6:6 they will not progress,However 1 zero scoreline will mean penalties.
Coach why Mwape Mwewa still in your Team?? Leave Mtonga from Zesco team after this game and Chiala, To be honest coach u do not have midfield!
Coach left Lameck Banda lol jokers! Zesco FC management get a real Manager/coach to take our team to where we belong.
This is not the list that GEORGE LWANDAMINA SUBMITTED TO MANAGEMENT , CHICKEN ALREADY LEFT TZ and is in ABIDJAN what is this FIRED COACH TALKING ABOUT? Gods time is the best let chicken propel ZESCO bane it wont look nice in IVC for ZESCO TO HAVE TWO COACHES , PLEASE IVC DENY CHEMBO VISA TO UR BEAUTIFULL COUNTRY HOME OF VIBANDA VA BOLA DIDIER DROGBA , YAYA TOURE, KORO, BONNY, TIYOTE, ETO, KANU
@JC I thought away goal rule applies please educate me thanks
Away goals apply when scores in total from first leg and second leg are same eg first leg home teams losses 1-0 and return leg they draw 4-4 away they Wil be out cause they would have lost 5-4 overall unless in first leg they drew 1-1 then in second leg away they draw 4-4 they would
Qualify on away goals cause they scored more aways away as compared to they opponents despite total score being 5-5
I hope that’s hopeful
@JC and Thete thanx you are spot on .very positive contribution good day
This squad no creative midfielders, how are we going to score
@Power 90 welcome! Thanks to Thete too.
I agree with @steve.. midfielder with zega mambo side is the weakest link!
Very unfortunate all highly rated Zambian clubs have Performed below Par , why? Let us be serious like our West And North African Clubs.
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