CAF CC Preview: Nkana will be good enough to go past TAS de Casablanca
Nkana FC are set to join Napsa Stars in the Group Stage of the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup when they take on Moroccan side Tihad Athlétique Sport (TAS) De Casablanca in the pre-group stage round of the competition.
The record Zambia champions carry a 2 – 0 lead into the match and are expected to pick a result healthy enough not to offset the advantage.
Nkana go in the game with only one loss in their last five outings in continental competitions this season which came in the away game against Petro de Luanda in Angola. This saw them eliminated from the CAF Champions League via a 2 – 1 aggregate scoreline to drop into the CAF Confederation Cup competition.
Their league form has however not been consistent having picked three wins and three losses in the past six games.
Kalampa will be up against a TAS de Casablanca side that won their ticket to participate in 2020/2021 CAF cup competition after they won the Throne cup in Morocco for the season 2018/2019, while they were and still are in the second division of the Moroccan Botola Pro League 2.
TAS have played four games in the competition winning twice, drawing once and losing only to Nkana. In the previous round of the competition, they put four past Loto of Benin before drawing 1 – 1 away to qualify on a 5 – 1 aggregate scoreline.
Despite playing in the second tier of the Moroccan league, TAS are rock bottom and have only won once in 15 games, drawing seven times.
They have not won a game since before Christmas last year.
When they played in Kitwe, the Moroccan hardly threatened. The condition of the pitch did not favor either team after a heavy downpour and it was not the easiest game to assess quality.
That they put four past Loto of Benin at home, should be enough a sign that they do pose a threat in their backyard.
Despite North Africa being a tough hunting ground for Zambian clubs, Nkana should have enough in their tank to see this game off against a team on a very poor run of form.
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