Beston upbeat over Confed quarterfinals

NKANA coach Beston Chambeshi says his team has high chances of qualifying to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederation Cup. Nkana left for Sudan yesterday leading Group C on nine points to face second placed Al Hilal, with both teams aiming to qualify, provided Zesco United doesn’t lose to third placed Asante Kotoko in Ndola. Speaking before departure for Khartoum, Chambeshi said he was happy with the players’ work ethic in training ahead of the crucial tie.

“So far so good after a big game on Sunday. The boys have come out strong and I am happy with their input in training each and every one is working hard. We have picked a team which is going to represent Nkana and Zambia as well, so we are a step ahead into our preparations and we are looking forward to the big game on Sunday,” he said.

Chambeshi’s side is buoyed by the return of central defensive pair of Richard Okran and Musa Mohammed who have been on suspension in the last two games.

“The boys are back, Okran and Musa. They have to come in strong and fight for places. It’s not easy because there is a lot of competition in the team,” he said.

Chambeshi will however be without influential midfielder-cum-striker Fred Tshimenga and defender Gift Zulu who are suspended.

“Tshimenga has been superb, has been playing well, has been one of the dependable player. We’ll miss him and all we need is to find a good replacement so we don’t suffer any loss into attack. Chances of quarterfinals are there, all that we need is to concentrate and see to it that we play a good game in Sudan, come back with three or at least a point,” said Chambeshi as he unveiled the travelling squad of goalkeepers Allan Chibwe and Kelvin Malunga.

Defenders: Okran, Mohammed, Laison Thole, Hassan Ramadhani, Ben Bahn, Joseph Musonda and Given Sinyangwe.

Midfielders: Duncan Otieno, Harrison Chisala, Shadreck Malambo, Shadreck Musonda, Bwalya Kasonde, Jacob Ngulube, Kelvin Mubanga.

Strikers: Ronald Kampamba, Festus Mbewe, Simon Bwalya and Walter Bwalya.

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