‘‘ZANACO will change the tempo in Tunisia; we can still beat Stade Gabesien at their home ground,’’ says Zanaco assistant coach David Chilufya.
The bankers are sheduled leave today for Tunisia ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup second round return leg against Gabesien on Tuesday.
Chilufya said in an interview yesterday that the team has worked on the mistakes spotted in the 1-1 draw first leg last Saturday and will not take any chances.
“Gabesien is not a team to fear. From the first leg we played, we noted their weaknesses and strengths. We are here training to mend the mistakes exhibited in the previous game. We want to make sure we turn the tables on Tunisian soil. Zanaco will change the tempo and qualify for the next round,” he said.
He said the team will make sure that they are not caught napping at the back as that would be costly.
He said the technical bench was working hard to prepare the team mentally because it was never easy to play on North African soil.
“Gabesien is not among the best clubs on the continent but we have told our players not to underrate them. So what we are working on is not fitness but the mental aspect. Mental fitness must be built here,” he said.
Chilufya said Zanaco has no set strikers but it is every player’s duty to score. “Zanaco is a free-scoring squad. It is not about the strikers but every player accorded the chance. We depend on the wings and the midfield to put the team ahead,” he said.
The team has goalkeepers: Racha Kola and Toaster Nsabata
Defenders: Ziyo Tembo, Aaron Katebe, George Chilufya, Fackson Kapumbu, Andrew Kwiliko and Peter Banda.
Midfilders: Charles Zulu, Boyd Musonda, Ernest Mbewe, Portipher Zulu, Augustine Mulenga, Isaac Chansa, Salulani Phiri, Rodrick Kabwe and Richard Kasonde.
Strikers: Fashion Sakala, Dave Daka and Aubrey Funga.