Kaindu- Zanaco respects Akonangui

Kaindu- Zanaco respects Akonangui
Kelvin Kaindu

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Aug 15, 2021. 17:00

Zanaco coach Kelvin Kaindu is not taking for granted their Equatorial Guinea opponents Akonangui’s poor continental record ahead of next month’s CAF Champions League preliminary round clash.

Akonangui are winless in both the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup campaigns with two draws and three defeats in their last five continental outings.

Zanaco will be making their second trip to Equatorial Guinea since the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup third round where they beat Cano Sport 3-1 away in the first leg and later on won 5-1 in Lusaka to clinch their group stage qualification.

“We don’t know much about them but we have one advantage last year with Zanaco when they participated in the CAF Confederation and travelled to Equatorial Guinea,” Kaindu said.

“So at least we know something about the football there and the advantage is we also know the environment and most certainly we will use the same venue but we still need to do some research on them.

“But the draws are quite fair. The only disadvantage with such teams is one might approach them with complacency looking at their record.

“But for them to be in the Champions League then they deserve to be there and every team wants to prove a point.

“We are not going there with the mindset that this team has not picked up points in the few games they have participated in the Champions League.

“They have been consistent campaigners so we will not underrate them.”

Zanaco visit Malabo in the first leg match during the weekend of September 10-12.

The Bankers will later host Akonangui in Lusaka on September 18.


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