ZESCO United striker Jesse Were says the team is excited to break the jinx of losing to South African opponents after beating Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in the second leg of the CAF Confederation cup at FNB stadium on Saturday to advance 5-2 on aggregate having won 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Levy Mwanawasa stadium.
Speaking after the match, the Kenyan striker who netted the second goal gave credit to his colleagues for following and executing coach George Lwandamina’s plans adding that the focus has now shifted to the group stages.
Were said his team’s target is to win the group and reach the quarter finals.
“We did our best, we followed the coach’s instructions and we applied it to the pitch and it worked for us. We are happy that we managed to break that jinx and we are excited about that, but our focus now is on the group stage and the matches ahead. Our target is to win the group and reach the quarterfinals,” he said.
And Zesco captain Jacob Banda described the win as a sweet victory away from home.
Banda, now the longest serving Zesco player who has been involved in all of the clubs’ highs and lows on continental stage, said his team was capable of reaching the final of CAF’s second tier club competition.
“It was good but tough game and it is a sweet victory away from home. Kudos to the boys, we have finally managed to get a victory in South Africa. The technical bench planned very well and we got the desired result from their instructions. We now go back to the drawing board to plan for what is ahead of us when the draws are done, then we plan for the next game. This time we just have to go straight to the final and Zesco are now capable of reaching the final,” said Banda.
Zesco became the second Zambian team to get a victory in South Africa after that famed Nchanga Rangers side under legendary Fordson Kabole beat Chiefs in 1998.
Zesco was twice in the recent past eliminated from continental competitions by Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United respectively.
Draws for the group stages of the Confederation cup will be made tomorrow in Cairo.