CCC: Le Messager Ngozi v Zesco United Preview
Saturday’s continental game sees Zesco take on Le Messager Ngozi in the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup 1st round second leg.
The Burundian side trail by 2 goals from the first leg which was played at Levy Mwanawasa stadium.
Goals from Jackson Mwanza and a rare one from M’tonga were enough to put the Zambian side in control.
For Le Messager, it will be another chance to further make in-roads into the elite ranks of African football.
They will be playing at their home ground: Stad Rukundo, a 5000 seater capacity in the capital of the country – Bujumbura.
ZESCO UNITED FC
For Zesco, it will be another chance to grow their already rich pedigree in african football.
It will be more of seeing the game through and conserve some energy for the race ahead.
Zesco only potential banana skin is fitness. The league in Zambia is yet to take course and that was evident in the reverse fixture. Zesco looked tired towards the end and could have conceded.
But with the squad Zesco has, it will be hard for for the Burundians to completely thwart the Zambian side from exerting their force on the game.
INJURIES: Zesco pretty much have a clean bill of health apart from Simon Silwimba who stayed back home due to injury.
Another notable absentee will be Shadreck Mayembe, who was part of the victorious U20 Zambian side which clinched its first junior Afcon trophy. Hence, the game against Le Message will come to soon for the right-back.
They also welcome back goalkeeper Jacob Banda.
LE MESSAGE Ngozi
For the Burundian side, it will be another chance to atone for the first leg. They know they will have the home crowd behind their back, and that will spur them on for a potential comeback.
They have a pretty knack of shutting it down and frustrating the opponent. They do not concede that many at home, their average goals conceded at home is 0.64 which is slightly higher than their goals scored per minute which stands at 0.62
Though their defense have kept it shut on more than one occasion, they’ve also managed to lose plot and concede 3 goal at home, their worst ever loss at Stad Rukundo in recent times.
Zesco will be weary of their hosts strength at home after they overturned a 2 – 1 away loss to KVZ of Zanzibar to score three unanswered goals in the preliminary round of the competition.
INJURIES: pretty much like Zesco, they have a fully fit squad waiting to roar.
It will be a game tightly contested but with Zesco’s pedigree in African football, there is no doubt they will take the bull by the horns and make sure the second leg like the first one goes to script.
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