Zesco United coach George Lwandamina is refusing to surrender the fight to reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 CAF Champions League.
Zesco’s hopes dimmed on Friday night in Angola where they lost 2-1 against Primeiro de Agosto in Luanda.
The result saw Zesco remain winless from four games and slumped at the bottom of Group D with two points with as many games left to play.
Zesco are three points behind second placed Agosto and another two adrift of their next opponents Mbabane Swallows who are third.
“Yes, it is very painful losing in the circumstances we have lost this game,” Lwandamina said.
“But going into the last two games, football is very funny game; we can still come through, not until the dust is settled.”
Defeat or a draw for Zesco away in their penultimate Group D match in eSwatini on August 18 will end their quarterfinal interest in the 2018 CAF Champions League.
Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia led Group D on 10 points and has qualified with two games to spare thanks to their healthy goal difference.