Zesco United face Stade Malien in CAF Champions League
Zeco United face Stade Malien
Zesco United will on Tuesday afternoon take on Stade Malien in the CAF Champions League second round second leg encounter at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Carrying a 3 – 1 lead from the first leg played in Bamako on 9th April, the Zambian Champions are on the verge of making history as the only Zambian club to qualify to the group stage of the CAF Champions League on two occasions having first played at this stage in 2009.
Stade Malien arrived in the country on Sunday afternoon and trained at the match venue yesterday.
Fresh from a 3 – 0 win over Nkwazi, coach George Lwandamina will welcome back first team players David Odiambo and Clatous Chama who were suspended for the first leg. The two shaped with the team as they played in the weekend game against Nkwazi.
“That one is a different ball game and even the situation will be totally different from the other game so we will be able to work on something else that will see us go to the next round of the competition,” Lwandamina commented about Tuesdays game after Saturdays victory over Nkwazi in an interview with Zescounitedfc.
Stade Malien are also coming from a win in their local league which saw them beat Bougouni to remain top of the log after 4 games.
In Africa, they have mixed results on their travel as they managed a 1 – 0 away win in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions league when they beat RC Bobo-Dioulasso of Burkina Faso but lost by the same margin when they played Cotonsport of Cameroun away in the 1st round.
They however have a huge task at hand today to overturn a 3 – 1 deficit against a formidable Zesco side which has only lost once in open play in the last two seasons of the competition. Their loss came against AC Horoya of Guinea.
Lwandamina is expected to make changes to the team that triumphed in Mali to accommodate Chama and Owino.
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Jacob Banda, Daut Musekwa, David Owino, Simon Silwimba, Ben Adama Banh, Misheck Chaila, Anthony Agaye Akumu, Clatous Chama, Jesse Jackson Were, Idris Ilunga Mbombo, John Chingandu
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