THE 2016 CAF Champions League preliminary match between Zesco United and Al Ghazala Wau of South Sudan scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed to tomorrow after the Sudanese side missed their flight on Thursday.
Zesco will face the Sudanese team tomorrow in the first leg set for Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Zesco United Football Club public relations officer Katebe Chengo confirmed in a statement yesterday that the match has been moved to tomorrow.
“The postponement has been made at the request of the Sudanese club who missed their flight on Thursday. Wau FC is expected to arrive in Ndola on Saturday (today) aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight. But the time and the venue of the match remains unchanged,” she said.
Zesco coach George Lwandamina has declared his charges ready for tomorrows match and are determined to go beyond the group stage.
Zesco were last year booted out of the CAF Champions League by AS Kaloum of Guniea on a 5-6 post-match penalties after the two tied 2-2 on aggregate after two legs of football.
Meanwhile, former national team coach Patrick Phiri said Zesco has a formidable team that should record victory in tomorrow’s game.
The former national team trainer and now Nakambala Leopards coach said Zesco had maintained form although losing their goal poacher Winston Kalengo to AFC Leopards of Congo-Brazzaville.
Phiri advised Zesco not to underrate the little known Sudanese team as that would be costly for them.
“Little is known about this Sudanese team, but Zesco should not under-estimate them. They need to stay focused throughout the game and record a win. It is difficult to get a win in an away match. They should also aim at scoring more goals to be in an advantageous position ahead of the final leg,” he said.
Al Ghazala will host Zesco in the final leg on February 26 in Juba to determine who goes through to the next round.