Wednesday Dec 29, 2021. 11:00
Kelvin Kaindu says Zanaco have experienced all-North African opposition in the group stage of continental football and is not going to get sleepless nights over Tuesday’s 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup Group A draws.
The Zambian club is the only non-North African side in Group A where they will play Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya and also have two reunions including one against 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup runners-up Pyramids FC of Egypt.
Record three-time CAF Confederation Cup champions CS Sfaxien of Tunisia complete Group A.
“Zanaco has also been in a group where there were all North African teams before, so we know what it takes, you need a lot of planning and depth in the team,” Kaindu said.
“It is never easy because when you are in the group stage you will be required to play three games away and three games at home.”
Zanaco had a similar draw in the 2010 CAF Confederation Cup when they played Egyptian club Haras al-Hedood of Egypt, Moroccan club FUS Rabat plus their current Group A opponents Sfaxien.
FUS and Sfaxien advanced first and second respectively in Group B and subsequently met in the final that the Moroccans won.
Zanaco finished third in Group B in what was their debut continental group stage appearance.
Meanwhile, Zanaco kick-off their Group A campaign on February 13 away in Tunisia against Sfaxien.
Zanaco will later host Pyramids on February 20 in a reunion after the Egyptians eliminated them in the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation quarterfinals.
Seven days later, Zanaco will make their debut trip to Tripoli.
“We have a bit of time to plan and prepare for the group stage, the biggest enemy will be the travelling. It hasn’t been easy travelling to North Africa, it takes two days or three days to be on the road,” Kaindu said.