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APR coach blows top

RWANDA Patriotic Army (APR) coach Jimmy Mulisa yesterday blew his top accusing Zanaco of giving his team a poor reception ahead of tomorrow’s CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg.
Where are Zanaco officials? Where are they?” he asked journalists on arrival at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
The Rwandans, who were in the company of an official from their embassy in Lusaka, waited for few minutes before Young Zanaco official Willie Katenge emerged.
Katenge, who will be a guide for APR, was waiting for the visitors in the Zambezi lodge at the airport.
One of the officials tried to stop Mulisa from talking to journalists claiming they were tired from the flight and suggested the interview be conducted at the hotel but the coach instead interacted with the media.
But Zanaco chairman Edward Mutale said the club official who was supposed to welcome APR was stuck in traffic.
“The bus and the vehicles we provided were at the airport waiting for our visitors. Had the complaint come from the delegation leader or the embassy official it would have made sense and not from the coach,” Mutale said.
And Mulisa said the Rwandans will target an early goal at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
“We want to score an early goal and if we can get one, then it will help us in the second leg. But we know that it will not be easy because Zanaco is a big team. We are prepared for Zanaco and we want a good result,” he said.
Mulisa said APR will play an open game.
“We are not going to defend. There is nothing to defend on our part,” he said.
He, however, warned his charges against underrating the Bankers.
“We hear some players have left Zanaco but this will not be an advantage to us. They have bought some players and we have to treat them with respect,” Mulisa said.
Zanaco have lost seven players – defenders Aaron Katebe and Fackson Kapumbu, midfielders Roderick Kabwe, Isaac Chansa and Salulani Phiri, and strikers Aubrey Funga and Davy Daka.
Meanwhile, Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba has selected 18 players for the match.
Numba unveiled the squad led by skipper Ziyo Tembo after a training session at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka yesterday.
“We are playing a very experienced team. They [APR] have been playing continental football for some time but we are confident of winning and we want to score many goals and finish the game here,” Numba said.
He said Zanaco will keep it tight at the back so that APR don’t get away goals.
The return leg is set for Kigali next Saturday.
The Zanaco squad:
Goalkeepers: Racha Kola, Toaster Nsabata, Mangani Banda
Defenders: Chongo Chirwa, Taonga Bwembya, Andrew Kwiliko, Peter Banda, Ziyo Tembo, George Chilufya.
Midfielders: Richard Kasonde, Augustine Mulenga, Ernest Mbewe, Boyd Musonda, Lee Ngoma.
Strikers: Atram Kwame, Kennedy Musonda, Fashion Sakala and Saith Sakala.

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