George Lwandamina say they respect TP Mazembe but Zesco United are not a small team either as their 2018/2019 CAF Champions League showdown looms on Sunday in Lubumbashi.
Zesco and five-time African champions Mazembe meet in their debut competitive clash after years of cross-border friendly meetings.
Lwandamina said every coach plans to win and their pre-group first leg match at Mazembe’s Kamalondo fortress on Sunday was not any different.
“This is football we are talking about here, even the pedigree of Mazembe came from somewhere, and it just didn’t drop from heaven to be what it is at the moment. They had to build it one step at a time,” Lwandamina said.
“Yes, we can respect their pedigree but we are also a big team.
“I have not won any continental trophy but Zesco is also a very big team and our purpose here is nothing other than coming to play and we have planned that we have to win.”
Zesco will be the second Zambian club to face Mazembe in continental action after Power Dynamos did so in the 2012 edition of the same competition.
Mazembe drew 1-1 away in Kitwe but demolished Power 6-0 in Lubumbashi in a second round.
Meanwhile, Zesco will host Mazembe in the final leg on December 22 in Ndola to decide who qualifies to January’s group stage.
The loser will be relegated to the CAF Confederation Cup pre-group stage that will be played next month.