Defiant Sonidep sure of Zesco upset

AS Sonidep coach Hassan Ide Barkire believes they can extend Zesco United's current four-match winless home drought in continental competition in Tuesday's 2018/2019 TOTAL CAF Champions League first round final leg clash despite losing to the Zambian's in the first leg.

The Niger champions trail 2-1 from the first leg played on November 27 in Niamey.

A 1-0 win will suffice away at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on December 3 for the TOTAL CAF Champions League newcomers to advance to next week's pre-group phase where five-time winners TP Mazembe of DR Congo lie in wait.

Their hosts Zesco, though, are seeking their first home win in continental action since February 21, 2017 when they beat JKU of Zanzibar 7-0 in Ndola at the same stage.

Since then Zesco lost 1-0 to ASEC Mimosa of Cote d'Ivoire in the pre-group stage and later draw all their group stage matches at Levy Stadium.

"We have travelled from Niger for two days and if it was just a formality game, we wouldn't have even come here. Our ambitions are to ensure that we progress in this competition," Barkire said.

"Yes we lost the first leg 2-1 and that we accept. We made two fatal mistakes in the second half and missed opportunities in the first half and that is why we lost the game.

"We have reviewed the game, we saw where we went wrong, and our aim of our mission here is to overturn the tables.

"Don't forget that Brazil were beaten 7-1 on home soil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semifinals by Germany and what will stop us from stopping Zesco 3-0 here?

"The issues of home records are just a story the issue is about playing on the field."

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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