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Zesco want bigger glory

CHISHALA MUSONDA, Ndola
NEWLY-CROWNED MTN Super Division champions Zesco United are looking forward to an impressive run in the 2015 CAF Champions League.
Zesco featured in the CAF Champions League three times – falling off in the round of 32 in 2008, made history in 2009 by reaching the group stage and the round of 16 in 2011.
Assistant coach Tenant Chembo, who guided the team to glory with a 3-1 victory over Kabwe Warriors on Saturday, said in Ndola yesterday that with right preparations, nothing is impossible.
Zesco won the 2014 title in the absence of coach George Lwandamina who is in Cameroon on CAF business.
“Nothing is impossible, given the encouragement and the right preparations we are able to achieve that and even go beyond. It is important that we prepare very well and for us it is not over yet as we have the Barclays Cup coming,” Chembo said.
Zesco face Nkana in the Barclays Cup final on Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
On the way to the Champions League group stage in 2009, Zesco thumped Kenyan outfit Mathare United 5-1 on aggregate, beat Ivorian outfit Africa Sport 2-1 over two legs and overcame Djoliba of Mali 2-1 on aggregate.
The Ndola outfit last played in the CAF Champions League in 2011 and lost 1-0 on aggregate to Egyptian side Al Ahly in the second round and dropped to the Confederation Cup where they lost 2-1 over two legs to Maghreb de Fes of Morocco.
Zesco ended the season on 59 points, two more than Power Dynamos who will play in the Confederation Cup next year. Zanaco, who were clobbered 0-4 by Red Arrows, also finished with 57 points.
And Zesco Limited managing director Cyprian Chitundu said the company will continue supporting Zesco United, STEPHEN PHIRI reports.
“We are very happy and this is what we wanted. Last week when we lost to Nakambala Leopards, I spoke to the coach [George Lwandamina] and I told him that we should always be in a winning mood. I am happy that the players went out to win. We will continue supporting the team,” Chitundu said in Lusaka yesterday.

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