ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
GREEN Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda says Patriotic Army of Rwanda (APR) are a top-drawer team in continental football and Zanaco should prepare adequately if they are to eliminate the East Africans from the CAF Champions League preliminary round.
Musonda was George Lwandaminaâ€™s assistant at Green Buffaloes when the Soldiers lost 3-2 on aggregate to APR in the 2005 Confederation Cup first round.
Zanaco will host APR on February 11 with the return leg a week later.
Should Zanaco beat APR, the Bankers will meet either the Lwandamina- mentored Young Africans (Yanga) or Comoros side Ngaya de Mbe in the first round.
Musonda said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Zanaco should hit the ground running because they will not have it easy against APR.
He said Zanaco should take advantage of the first leg by scoring an avalanche of goals to render the return leg a formality.
Buffaloes beat APR 1-0 at home before losing 3-1 in Kigali.
In 2005, Buffaloes were lining-up the likes of Collins Mbulo, Felix Chepeshi, Patrick Masosa, Enex Masiye, Christopher Katongo and his younger brother Felix and Jimmy Mumba among others.
Buffaloes reached the pre-quarter finals of the 2004 Confederation Cup.
Musonda said APR is a big team with a number of foreign players on their roster so Zanaco should approach the game with caution.
â€œRemember APR knocked us [Buffaloes] from the Confederation Cup. It means they are a big side. I know Zanaco will compete very well this season in the Champions League. They have assembled a formidable team but they also need to take APR seriously.
â€œIn fact this time, there is no underdog in football because most of the teams have foreign players in their ranks,â€ he said.