Zesco United will be on a redemption mission on Sunday when they face Angolan torchbearers, Recreativo do Libolo in a Group C Match Day three clash at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The Zambians suffered a setback on match-day-two, where they succumbed to a 1-0 away loss to continental debutants, Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan two weeks ago in Obeid.
The loss saw Zesco surrender top spot in Group C to Smouha of Egypt who beat Libolo 2-0 at home in Alexandria to lead only on goal difference with all four teams tied on three points heading into this weekend’s round of matches.
Ahead of the clash, Zesco striker Jackson Mwanza has sounded a reassuring tone as his side bids to replicate last year’s feat in the CAF Champions League where they reached the last four.
The team is OK and we are doing everything possible to get the results we aspire for. We are training very hard and we know most people are saying we are not on the right path but we believe in ourselves and are doing everything possible to get the result on Sunday, Mwanza said.
He recalled that they had taken a serious evaluation of the loss in Sudan.
The game in Sudan wasn’t that bad. It may be a loss but morale is still high and everyone is eager to do the work at hand to win the next match.
We are very hungry for a win and we want to get back at the top of the table. Everybody expects a lot from Zesco, he added.
Mwanza returns to action after five weeks out following an ankle injury. He has yet to feature at the group stage.
His return will serve a massive boost to Zesco’s attack that has recorded just one goal in Group C in that 1-0 home win over Smouha on May 13 scored via a penalty converted by Jesse Were.
Meanwhile, Libolo head to Zambia battling to also regain some ground following that loss at Smouha to take back home into the return leg against Zesco in June 20 in Calulo.
Smouha host Hilal Obeid in the other Group C match on Saturday in the Egyptian Mediterranean resort city of Alexandria.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football