13 February 2013

Zambia: Zanaco Ready for Swallows

ZANACO head coach, Keegan Mumba has declared his team ready for this weekend's Orange 2013 Confederations of African Football (CAF) African Champions League preliminary round first leg clash against Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland.

Mumba said he was happy with the preparations the Zambian league champions had made ahead of Saturday's match against the Swallows and called on fans to rally behind the 'bankers' as they would deliver the needed result.

He said his team was focused on getting qualification to the next round of the competition and was happy that the newly-recruited players were blending well with the team.

"Let me assure our fans that we are ready for this weekend's clash and let them forget about last season as we have started another chapter.

"We have played so many preparatory games and we are happy with the way the team has performed so far," he said.

Mumba said the importance of playing friendly matches was to keep the players in top form especially that the Zambian league was still on recess and that the idea was to ensure that all the players were ready for the 2013 season.

"It is not always about winning matches but also preparing your players for the challenges coming ahead.

"We need to give every player registered for the competition game time so that we can assess them and we are not worried that we have failed to win some games. Judge us in competitive matches not friendly matches," he said.

Mumba said his coaching bench had assembled players that would help Zanaco perform well in the CAF inter-club championships and that he was happy with the overall performance of the players.

And Swallows captain Tony 'TT' Tsabedze said his team was looking for a win or a draw against the Zambian champions as a defeat was not on their minds.

"We have had good preparations which are still ongoing. We are looking for a win or at least a draw so that we finish them off at home. A loss is not an option for us," the former SuperSport United winger said.

The Swazi Observer also reports that about 66 fans will travel to support their team for this weekend's match with Swallows' National Supporters Committee secretary Jackson Dlamini confirming the development.

"Currently we have 66 people on board. We are expecting that others will show up because registration is still open.

"We are fully aware that most Swazis have this bad habit of taking action at the last minute," he said.

And Nedbank Swaziland has made things happen for Swallows, as they were dressed for the first and second games. The kit is worth E50,000.

The 'Birds' were presented with 23 bomber jackets, 30 sports bags and two sets of home and away kits on Monday at Mountain Inn.

Nedbank Swaziland has dressed other teams to compete in the same competition, including defence force teams Royal Leopard and Young Buffaloes in the last two years.

Nedbank MD Fikile Nkosi said they had no doubt that Swallows were going to put up a strong performance against Zanaco who they play on Saturday at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka.

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