FORMER Kaizer Chiefs and Chipolopolo striker Rotson Kilambe has predicted that the CAF Confederation Cup pre-group stage match between Zesco United and Chiefs will be an even encounter.
And Zesco coach George Lwandamina says being drawn against the Soweto giants is an opportunity for his team to erase the history of losing to South African opponents.
Zesco have been drawn against Chiefs in CAF’s second tier competition with the first leg to be played on 13th January in Ndola.
Winner over the two legs will qualify to the group stage of the competition.
The Zambian giants have dropped to the CCC after their elimination from the top tier competition, the CAF Champions League alongside compatriot Nkana who have been drawn against San Pedro of cote’ d I’voire.
Commenting on the draws, Kilambe who starred for Chiefs in the early 2000s said the match would be an interesting affair as both teams play quick entertaining football.
“It will be an even game because both teams are playing good football. Zesco and Chiefs are playing at same level, they are all big teams so it will be a good game,” Kilambe said.
He, however, said the Ndola giants would have to win their home fixture.
“Chiefs are good with speed, they play speed football and have skillful players and Zesco also has good players. Zesco have to win, I have watched the way they are playing,” said Kilambe.
And Lwandamina said: “It’s an opportunity which has come our way and we have to embrace it and that is what we have to work on so that we erase that stigma which is there that Zambian teams automatically lose to South African teams.”
In 2016, Zesco were eliminated from the Champions League at semi-final stage by eventual winners Mamelodi Sundowns after winning 2-1 in Ndola but lost 2-0 in Pretoria to bow out 3-2 on aggregate.
The following year, Pretoria side Supersport United eliminated Zesco from the CCC cup after playing to a nil-nil draw in South Africa, the return match ended 2-2 putting the South African through on away goals rule.
Zesco will be weary of a familiar foe in Chiefs’ talisman Kharma Billiat who was part of the Sundowns team in 2016 now playing for the Soweto giants.