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Lift Barclays Cup, commander tells Buffaloes

ALEX NJOVU & ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Army commander Paul Mihova has directed Green Buffaloes to win the Barclays Cup.
Club chairman Andrew Siame said from Gaborone on Monday that Lieutenant General Mihova wants the Barclays Cup trophy at Arakan Barracks.
Buffaloes edged Barclays Cup holders Zesco United 1-0 in a semi-final match at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday to book a date against Nkwazi.
Nkwazi beat Zanaco 5-3 on penalties after settling for a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
“We have been ordered by the Army commander [General Paul Mihova] to win this year’s Barclays Cup, and to us, orders are very important. We have no choice but to implement the order from the Army commander; that is our way of life. He wants the trophy,” Siame said.
He is upbeat the players and technical bench will rise to the challenge.
And skipper Christopher Katongo said Buffaloes players are hungry for success.
Katongo said in Lusaka on Monday that Buffaloes have not won silverware in a long time and would strive to win the Barclays Cup.
The 2012 Africa Cup winning skipper believes Buffaloes players are good enough to beat Nkwazi.
“Look at the league, we used to finish second most of the times. We have not won anything, so this time we want to work hard and win the Barclays Cup. I am sure the Army command and our fans will be very happy,” Katongo said.
Katongo led Buffaloes to a second place finish in 2003 on the Super Division log and the following year, the Zambia Army-sponsored side went on to reach the Confederation Cup pre-quarter-finals.
He attributed Buffaloes’ impressive performance in the second round of the season to team-work and dedication.
“Our focus now is on winning the remaining three league matches. We want to finish third on the log before we play the Barclays Cup final,” Katongo said.
Buffaloes are fourth on the log with 46 points, 17 behind leaders Zesco United.
The Barclays Cup final is slated for November 21.


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