Makembo urges Confed Cup reps to stay focused

ZAMBIA Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo has urged Zambia’s envoys in the CAF Confederation Cup to remain focused.

On Sunday, Nkana lost 3-1 to Simba Sports Club of Tanzania to bow out of the CAF Champions League 4-3 on aggregate.

Nkana will join compatriots Zesco United in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Green Buffaloes, Zambia’s envoys in the Confederation Cup, bowed out of the competition 4-3 on aggregate despite recording a 1-0 win over CS Sfaxien.

And Green Eagles conceded a last-minute goal in their 2-1 loss to Algeria’s Nasir Athletic Husssein Dey to fail to qualify to the next round of the Confederation Cup.

But whenever Zambia is playing, viewers will notice a subtle but consistent feature of their games.

With his chants of “Let’s go Zambia, let’s go”, Makembo is always there to support the Chipolopolo.

In an interview, Makembo said the clubs should pick up the pieces and move on as this was what football was all about.

The draws for the group stage as well as the Confederation Cup pre-group stage would be made on tomorrow.

Makembo promised to be there for clubs as they participate in the Confederation Cup.

He said he has always had passion for football having been a kingpin defender himself.

Makembo said as a defender, he knew how bad it felt to allow a goal to pass.
An ordained pastor, Makembo said after realising that players lacked support in that area, he was compelled to support the game through the association which was started in 1990.

He said God pushed him in that direction as it always feels bad when a team loses.

However, Makembo said there were three results in football- a win, loss or draw.

He also saluted fans who he said had improved in the way they attended and supported matches.

Makembo said in the past fans would even throw missiles at the pitch if their team wasn’t playing well.

Makembo said fans were the 12th player “who score” from the terraces.
He urged Zambians to continue supporting the teams regardless the result as that is what it meant to be called a fan.

Makembo also said a Coalition Supporters Union of Africa was in the process of being formed to support African teams whenever they were playing.

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