Lazarous Kambole of Zesco
Tuesday Feb 12, 2019. 19:00
ZESCO United will be aiming to make it two wins from two 2018-19 Caf Confederations Cup group stages matches when they take on Asante Kotoko at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.
The Zambian's defeated local rivals Nkana 2-0 in their opening Group C clash earlier this month thanks to goals from John Ching'andu and Lazarous Kambole who's cracking strike sent shock waves through Ndola.
Kotoko's campaign got off to a 1-0 defeat away to Al-Hilal Omdurman. Waleed Hamid scored the only goal of the game in Sudan.
Team Ya Ziko head coach George Lwandamina is aware of the threat posed by Kotoko and insists his side will not rest on their laurels despite what was a morale boosting win over Nkana.
"We will be ready for Kotoko because I'm aware that their record in home games is good. It will be an exciting game," Lwandamina told a local radio station.
"I didn't have to know Kotoko before. My philosophy as a coach is to know my team and not other teams because football is full of uncertainties, so we are just coming to play our normal game against Kotoko.
"Zesco United is not excited being on top of the group because we have played just the first game in the group.
"We just have to prepare well for our next game," he concluded.
Porcupine Warriors head coach Charles Akonnor acknowledged the progress made by ZESCO, who beat South African giants Kaizer Chiefs to book their place in the group stages, before hitting back at Lwandamina for comments made by the Zambian mentor in build-up to the showdown.
Lwandamina reportedly stated that Kotoko aren't as strong as they were years back with the club having failed to reach the heights of yesteryear in recent time.
“He [Lwandamina] knows his team. He's done well, he went to South Africa and won so that probably has given him the necessary confidence to be talking like that," Akkonor said.
"But he would know whether we are not as strong as we used to be when we meet and play.
"Asante Kotoko were very strong years back, but we have not played at this level in Africa for 11 years.
"That could also be the reason he said that. But every good thing has a beginning. We began well and I believe it will continue," he concluded.