16 February 2013

Zambia: Caala Promise More Misery for Power

ANGOLA'S Recreativo De Caala coach, Ricardo Formosinho has promised more misery on Power Dynamos when the two sides clash tomorrow in the preliminary round of the 2013 Orange African Confederation Cup in Kitwe.

In an interview on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday, Formosinho said Caala were ready for the crunch first leg tie at Arthur Davies Stadium and ensure Power's poor run against Angolan clubs continued.

Ferroviario De Lubango was the last club that knocked out Power from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) inter-club competition in 1988.

After winning the first leg 1-0, Power went on to lose 2-5 in the return match in Angola and bow out of the now defunct CAF Cup Winners Cup in the second round.

However in tomorrow's match, Caala will be missing the services of influential players in Nigerian Joseph Femi Olatubosun, Patrick Serge of Gabon and Senegalese International Alioune Badara Gueye who could not make the trip due to visa complications.

Formosinho said his players were ready for the game despite knowing very little of their opponents.

He said the trio's absence will not in any way affect the performance of his adequately prepared team.

"We are expecting a tough game because it is not easy to win away and we do not know much about our opponent, but we are here to win and I hope we win the game," he said.

Formosinho said it was important for Caala to get a positive result away from home so as to make the return match in Angola less difficult.

And IGNATIUS MAZEKO reports that Power coach, Beston Chambeshi said the Kitwe giants had enough cover for the injured right-back Govenda Simwala who sustained an injury in a training match two weeks ago.

Chambeshi said Simwala's absence would be a blow to Power whose progress in last year's Orange CAF Champions League was ended in the first round via a 7-1 aggregate defeat by DR Congo side TP Mazembe.

"It is a big blow to the team because he is one of our regular players but we have players like Gilbert Kalusa to cover. I hope he will stand in for him," Chambeshi said.

He said the rest of the players were doing well in training and looking forward to grabbing a positive result against the Huambo-based based Caala tomorrow.

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