Al Hilal coach Irad Zaafouri is not certain Idris Mbombo will start on Wednesday against his former club Nkana in their CAF Confederation Cup Group C encounter in Kitwe.
Mbombo returns four months after joining the Sudanese club following a season-long deal with Nkana where his 20 goals earned him the 2018 FAZ Golden Boot and Zambia Footballer of the Year Award.
“We will see, I think he is ready, he is good and we will see if he ready to play but depending on our approach that we have planned for this match. But he has the same importance as the other players in this team,” Zaafouri said.
“I know he played here before but we will see if he plays, and if he does, I am sure he will have a good match.”
Mbombo has scored two continental goals for the Khartoum giants but has yet to opening his group stage account.
Meanwhile, bottom placed Nkana are seeking their first Group C win after losing 2-0 away to Zesco United in their opening pool match on February 3 in Ndola.
“It is one of the most important games for us especially after we lost the first game against Zesco United but not all hope was lost and we are now meeting Al Hilal but we are ready for the battle and geared for tomorrow’s game,” Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi said.
Zesco lead Group C on 3 points, Al Hilal are second after they beat Asante Kotoko 1-0 in Khartoum on February 3.