ZESCO United coach George Lwandamina says getting an away goal in his team’s 1-1 draw against Tanzania’s Young Africans Football Club (Yanga) in the CAF Champions League pre-group stage is very important.
Zimbabwean Thabani Kamusoko returned to haunt his immediate-past employers when he equalised with a powerful thunderbolt in stoppage time with the hosts thinking about wrapping up a 1-0 win.
Speaking after the match in Dar-es-Salaam on Saturday, Lwandamina said the fact that Zesco has never lost an international match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium should send warning shots to Yanga who equally have a good away record.
Zesco will still qualify with a scoreless draw or a win of any margin since they have an away goal advantage.
“…both teams played good football, I know sometimes people expect too much out of a game which was very tight, they scored via a penalty and we still pushed to ensure that we get a goal, an away goal, that’s what is important and the boys just did that,” Lwandamina said.
Lwandamina who was returning to Yanga for the first time since he coached them in 2016-17 seasons noted that the team had rapidly improved after passing through a rough patch.
“I have been following Yanga, they have made a milestone in terms of improvement. The team that I left I only saw one player. Building a team is very difficult but these guys have built a team in a shortest possible time. They pushed us to the wall, they pressed us so that we didn’t even have to play our game. But experience being with us, we didn’t change our approach, we launched our attack from the back. Zesco has never lost a game at Levy Mwanawasa, don’t you think that also scares them?”
Meanwhile, Zambia’s other CAF Champions League envoys Green Eagles have a mountain to climb to qualify to the group stages after they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto at the National Heroes stadium.