Friday Mar 18, 2022. 11:00
Zanaco coach Kelvin Kaindu insists they cannot be discounted as FAZ Super League top four contenders despite their poor form elsewhere in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Zambian club has lost all its four CAF Confederation Cup Group A matches heading into their penultimate fixture this Sunday at home in Lusaka against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.
But Zanaco’s domestic form is a modest contrast where they are unbeaten in their last nine games although they have just two league wins to boast about.
“There is still hope and I am sure there is no team that has either been confirmed to have won the league or been relegated,” Kaindu said.
On Wednesday, Zanaco warmed-up for the Sfaxien game in the league with a 0-0 away draw against third from bottom Lusaka Dynamos at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
“The game could have probably given us an advantage and moved us to fifth position or so but it makes it a bit difficult for us,” Kaindu said.
“But there are still eight games to be played but had we won it would have given us early hopes of finishing in the top four.
The eight-time Zambian champions are currently eighth on the log on 35 points and are seventeen points behind leaders Red Arrows.
However, Zanaco are just five points behind Nkana who occupy fourth position that, together with a number three finish, guarantees qualification to the 2022/2023 CAF Confederation Cup.