ZANACO captain Ziyo Tembo has praised his team’s fighting spirit in the vital 2-1 away win at Bolton City FC in the first round, first leg CAF Confederation Cup match played in Mauritius on Sunday.
Striker Roger Kola and Zimbabwean midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike scored the two away goals that put the ‘bankers’ one leg into the next round.
“The fighting spirit was good. We worked hard, but we lacked finishing power but we were equal to the task and managed to deliver. We had more chances,” said Ziyo.
He was confident that his team would finish the task against their opponents in the return leg in Lusaka in two weeks’ time.
Coach Mumamba Numba said winning away from home gives his team an advantage to qualify to the next round.
He said his technical bench would prepare to finish off the return leg against the islanders.
The Zanaco mentor regretted the missed chances saying his players could have scored more.
“What is important is the victory that gives us an advantage going into the return leg at home in two weeks. The injuries affected us but the players that went in did well but missed a lot of chances. Our finishing was not very good because we would have scored a number of goals but we are going to prepare for the return leg,” said Numba.
Both Zanaco and Zesco, who drew 1-1 at Yanga FC in Tanzania in their CAF Champions League first round, have realistic chances of progressing to the next round while Green Eagles have a mammoth task to turn things around against Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto after they lost 2-1 in Lusaka on Saturday.