Nkana play­ers con­fi­dent of CAF progress

Daily Nation Newspaper - - SPORTS - By MICHAEL MIYOBA

NKANA Foot­ball Club play­ers have reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to help their team progress to the group stages of the 2018 CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup de­spite hav­ing lost the first leg of the pre group stage fix­ture 3-0 to Belouiz­dad FC of Al­ge­ria.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with Daily Na­tion Sports, club cap­tain Joseph Musonda said the Kitwe gi­ants were de­ter­mined to over­turn the 3-0 de­feat suf­fered in Al­ge­ria a week ago.

Musonda added that the 4-3 vic­tory over Zesco United in the Sa­muel “Zoom” Ndhlovu Char­ity Shield fi­nal last Satur­day at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Sta­dium has mo­ti­vated “Kalampa” ahead of this Satur­days CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, sec­ond leg clash against Belouiz­dad FC of Al­ge­ria.“Zesco is a big team but we man­aged to beat them af­ter work­ing hard thanks to our coach who in­spired us not to give up in the sec­ond half

“We proved that we can score goals. We lost away be­cause our op­po­nents used home ground ad­van­tage and man­aged to score the three goals, even us we can score con­sid­er­ing that we will be play­ing at home,” Musonda said.

And Nkana vice-cap­tain Ron­ald ‘Kam­pamba’ who scored a brace in Nkana’s thump­ing of Zesco United noted that Kalampa was geared to can­cel the 3-0 de­feat suf­fered in Al­ge­ria.

Kam­pamba said Kalampa would pre­pare ad­e­quately for the sec­ond leg fix­ture to stand a chance of pro­gress­ing to the group stage of the CAF con­fed­er­a­tions cup.

I thank God for win­ning this Char­ity Shield. I have played against Zesco on three oc­ca­sions and lost twice but we have beaten them this time around and it feels good,”

“Now we are pre­par­ing very well for the re­turn leg fix­ture against the Al­ge­ria as you know any­thing is pos­si­ble in foot­ball. We can over­turn the 3-0 de­feat,” Sate said.

Mean­while, for­mer Zesco United top man Idris Mbombo said it is pos­si­ble for the Kitwe gi­ants to over­turn the 3-0 de­feat but noted that it is not go­ing to be easy when Nkana host the Al­ge­rian gi­ants next Satur­day.

“It will not be easy but we will try our best and qual­ify to the group stages. It’s pos­si­ble Barcelona lost four nil to PSG but went on to beat the French side 6-1. We scored four goals against Zesco which is a big team there­fore we can’t fail to score four goals,” Mbombo said.

Nkana will on Satur­day host Belouiz­dad FC in the sec­ond leg fix­ture at Nkoloma Sta­dium with the win­ner pro­gress­ing to the group stage of the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup.


Nkana FC cap­tain Joseph Musonda re­ceiv­ing the 2018 Char­ity Shield at Nkoloma Sta­dium last Satur­day.

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