Zambia v Egypt Part 2: Can Zanaco bank Al Ahly?
The rivalry between Zambia and Egypt continues on Saturday as Zanaco take on Al Ahly in Group D of CAF Champions tie at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium with kick off at 15h00.
On Friday night Smouha needed an injury time penalty to cancel out Jesse Were’s 84th minute goal in Alexandria as Zesco earned a hard fought point against the Egyptian side in a CAF Confederations Cup tie.
While Zesco’s fate depends still hangs in balance, the Zambian Champions have destiny in their own hands.
Zanaco lead the group on 10 points while the Cairo based side has 7 with Moroccan side Wydad who will be in action later on Saturday at 17h00 against basement side Coton Sport in Cameroon on 6 points.
All three sides can qualify but while Al Ahly and Wydad still need to pick atleast a win, a point will be enough to send the Numba Mumamba coached through to the quarter finals.
While the bankers haven’t been playing entertaining football, they have been both effective and showed qualities of a top side.
Mumamba’s side are still unbeaten in CAF Champions League and have gone 13 games unbeaten in all competition.
On match day 1 in Cairo, the boys from Lusaka picked up a point and that was followed up with a home win against the much fancied Wydad.
Then there was that ‘smash and grab’ 2-1 win over Coton Sport that needed an injury time goal from Congolese midfielder Diddy Kitumbo.
Later on Numba described it as the ‘worst performance’ from his side.
Zanaco was not done with late goals as this time around Saith Sakala was the hero in Cameroon which earned them maximum points.
In terms of team news, Zanaco will be without skipper Ziyo Tembo and budding defender Paul Banda will start alongside veteran George Chilufya.
Boyd Musonda is expected to start should he pass a late fitness test after he picked up an ankle injury.
Toaster Nsabata – Taonga Bwembya, Paul Banda, George Chilufya, Chongo Chirwa – Ernest Mbewe, Diddy Kitumbo, Richard Kasonde, Augustine Mulenga – Saith Sakala, Felix Nyainde
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