By ROBINSON KUNDA
NKANA coach Beston Chambeshi is not happy that Sewe Sport have provided a training ground with an artificial playing surface when tomorrowâ€™s decisive Confederation Cup Group B match will be played on the natural turf.
And the Nkana technical bench is yet to decide on the availability of striker Ronald â€˜Sate Sateâ€™ Kampamba.
Chambeshi said in an interview from Abidjan yesterday that Sewe were supposed to provide a training pitch with a natural turf.
â€œWe are training on an artificial turf. I donâ€™t know why they have given us this training ground when the game is on the natural pitch. This is not good,â€ he said.
Chambeshi, however, said the players are in high spirits and nothing will stop them from winning at Stade Augustine Denise.
â€œWe are expecting a tough game. We know they [Sewe Sport] also want to win but we are preparing well. So far we have trained well and the players are looking ahead to the match,â€ he said.
A draw will be enough for Nkana to qualify for the semi-finals if Egyptian side Al Ahly beat Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia tomorrow.
Nkana have seven points, one behind Al Ahly, Sewe have six points and Etoile have five.
On Kampamba, Chambeshi said the decision whether the player will feature in tomorrowâ€™s encounter will be made today.
â€œHe trained very well with the team yesterday [Wednesday] but we are yet to make a decision. We want to see how he will train today [yesterday] then we can decide,â€ he said.
Chambeshi, who is popularly known as Quicksilver, said even if the medical team rules Kampamba out, he has enough ammunition to do the job.
Last week, national team doctor Joseph Kabungo said Kampamba has a career-threatening ankle injury which needs to be addressed before he is allowed to play competitive games.
Meanwhile, delegation leader Kelvin Mutafu said Nkana are safe from the deadly Ebola.
Mutafu said Ivory Coast has not recorded any Ebola case.
â€œI have received a lot of phone calls from home; people are asking about Ebola. We are safe here and there is nothing to worry about,â€ he said.
Mutafu said the Nkana medical team has bought some gem-killers which the players and officials are applying to their hands immediately after hand-shakes.
By ROBINSON KUNDA