Zambian international and TP Mazembe captain Rainford Kalaba said it was emotional for him to play against his former side Zesco United in the 2018/19 CAF Champions league.

Kalaba played for the Zambian Champions betwen 2006 and 2009 before he joined the Congolese and African giant TP Mazembe in 2011.

Zesco United and TP Mazembe played to 1-1 stalemate in the 2018/19 CAF Champions league first round, second leg at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium yesterday.

The Ndola side scored through Lazarus Kambole in the first half before Mazembe legend Tresor Mputu levelled the scores through a header in the opening stages of the second half.

Mazembe qualified to the group stages 2-1 on aggregate, having won 1-0 in the 1st leg – and Zesco United were relegated to the CAF Confederation Cup.

The former Chipolopolo captain, Rainford Kalaba said he was both happy and emotional to play alongside his former teammates and against his former club.

“I was happy to play alongside my former teammates. Some of them like Jacob was my teammate when I played for this team and the coach has known me for sometime now. It was emotional for me to play against my former teammates, the supporters were behind, they encouraged me,” Kalaba said in a post match interview.

Kalaba said it was not the end of the road for Zesco United, adding that they needed encouragement and not be discouraged as they get relegated to the Confederation Cup.

“This is not the end of the road for Zesco, they need your support. They  need your encouragement not your discouragement because they still have the Confederation Cup,” he said.

And Zesco United coach George Lwandamina said his lads had accounted themselves well in both legs. He revealed that he was content with how they played considering it was off season.

“We maybe disappointed but the boys have accounted themselves very well in these 2 legs. Like the way my colleague [TP Mazembe coach] has said. We tried to push but they kept on resisting. Otherwise the boys have done well being an off season programme,” Lwandamina said.


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