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Zanaco disappoint Sports Minister

MINISTER of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere is disappointed at Zanaco’s performance in Saturday’s CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg against Rwanda Patriotic Army (APR).
The Bankers were held to a goalless draw at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka and need a victory or a 1-1 draw in the return leg in Kigali on Saturday to advance to the first round.
“Zanaco’s performance in the Champions League is disappointing,” Mawere told journalists at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.
He wondered why the Bankers allowed key players to leave when they knew they were representing the country in Africa’s premier club competition.
Zanaco lost seven regular players among them defenders Aaron Katebe and Fackson Kapumbu, midfielders Roderick Kabwe, Isaac Chansa and Salulani Phiri and strikers Aubrey Funga and Davy Daka.
The minister said Zanaco need to up their game if they are to overcome APR in Kigali.
“This is a lesson to other teams. When you win the championship, you automatically represent the country in the Champions League. It is therefore important that you hold on to your players,” Mawere said.
He was not happy with the quality of football the Bankers displayed.
And Zambia Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo urged Zanaco to forge forward.
Makembo said pressure will be on APR because if the match ends 1-1, Zanaco will progress to the first round.
“Zanaco should not give up because pressure will be on APR,” he said.

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