Zanaco captain Ziyo Tembo has declared they are storming Casablanca to impose themselves on their host Wydad Athletic Club in their quest to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Zambian club leads Group D on 11 points, two more than their Moroccan hosts, also keen on reaching the last eight, backed by victories in their last two matches.
The Bankers as Zanaco are nicknamed must ensure they leave Casablanca with nothing less than a draw against the 1992 winners in the ultimate group fixture on Saturday at the Mohamed V Complex, to realize their dream of a place at the knockout stage for the first time.
Tembo, returns to the team after being suspended for the penultimate clash with record eight-time winners, Al Ahly of Egypt last weekend in Lusaka, a match they needed to win to advance to the quarterfinals with a match to spare.
So far, so good and the team is looking set. Everyone has been putting in their best in training and we have been working hard. The team spirit is high and everyone is looking forward to this game, he said.
After five matches, the Zambians remain unbeaten; a record that the Zanaco number ‘3’ insists they are bent on extending further.
I think we have been in this situation before and we have surprised our opponents. We are going there (Casablanca) to impose ourselves so that we can come out with a result.
Every game comes with different challenges and we are looking forward to playing Wydad. They are a big team with a lot of experience.
We are good in defending and have only conceded just one goal at the group stage. I think we can manage to contain them,” said Tembo.
Zanaco have so far picked up four points on the road after holding Ahly to a 0-0 draw in Alexandria plus a 1-0 win over Coton Sport of Cameroon in Garoua last month.
Meanwhile, Ahly host whipping boys of the group, Coton Sport, in the other Group D match in Alexandria.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football