ZESCO PINS HOPES ON NEXT GAME …after draw with Smouha

ZESCO United coach Zlatko Krmpotic says he is not satisfied with a point gained after his team’s 1-1 draw against Smouha in the CAF Confederation penultimate match in Alexandria on Friday.


And Smouha coach Moemen Soliman said after the match that his team did not do enough to win the match.


The result left Zesco still in second position level on seven points while leaders Al Hilal Obied of Sudan who were in action yesterday with third placed Recreative Libolo of Angola at six points.

Smouha remain at the bottom with five points in group C.


The tight standings in the group imply that any of the four teams can qualify to the quarter finals on the final day of the group fixtures.


Zesco will host Hilal-Obied while Smouha face Libolo in all must-win fixtures to determine who goes through.


Speaking in the aftermath of the draw, Krmpotic, whose team led for the most part of the game, blamed the result on the late penalty awarded to the home team that led to an equaliser.


“After the game, I’m not satisfied. Before the game, if someone gave me one point, it is ok but now after what has happened, I’m not satisfied. My team played with discipline and played very good but the referee gave something (penalty). I don’t want to speak about the referee. We want to concentrate on the next game,” said Krmpotic.


Meanwhile, Soliman said: “Our team did what it had to do but it was not enough. We played a very organised game but we missed the final touch. We have to create a lot chances for us to score goals. We created a lot of chances and if we miss, then we get punished.”

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