Beston Chambeshi says the anticipated twelfth man at the 60,000 seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam rallying behind hosts Simba in their 2018/2019 CAF Champions League group stage qualifier decider does not intimidate them.
Nkana visit Simba in a pre-group stage, final leg tie armed with a 2-1 home win from the first leg in Kitwe on December 15 that ended the Tanzanians’ unbeaten start to the competition after they hammered Mbabane Swallows of eSwatini 4-1 in Dar es Salaam and 4-0 away.
The Kitwe giants head into the final leg unbeaten in this year’s tournament with three straight victories and need just a draw away on December 23 to make their CAF Champions League group stage debut.
Interestingly, Nkana’s only other group stage appearance was in the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.
“If you look at the team we have, they have been playing high-level football together for some time and they are used to playing in front of big crowds like recently in Barclays Cup final that we won,” Chambeshi said.
“So on that, I think my team can with stand any pressure.
“It will be eleven-against-eleven but there will be no pressure on us, the pressure will be on the home team.”
Meanwhile, Chambeshi also issued an appeal to Nkana’s own twelfth man back home.
“It will be a 90 minutes game but at the end of the day we need the twelfth player even though they have remained behind but they should have faith in the team,” Chambeshi said.