A CONFIDENT 18-member Zanaco squad is this morning expected to leave for Swaziland for this Sunday's CAF Champions' League return leg against Mbabane swallows billed for Somholo Stadium.
Zanaco, who narrowly beat Swallows 3-2 at Nkoloma Stadium a fortnight ago, leave this morning from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport aboard a South African Airways flight.
Head coach Keagan Mumba expressed confidence that his team was more than ready for the return leg match, but was careful not to underrate his opponents.
Mumba said in an interview shortly after the team's friendly match against Green Buffaloes B side at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka yesterday that he had the challenge to bring the Champions League Cup in the country.
"We want to make a difference as Zanaco. We won the league last season, we have a challenge as a team to win the cup, we have to change the attitude and play harder," he said.
And former Zanaco general manager Kaitano Chungu who went to see the team in training encouraged the players to remain confident and focussed to win the return leg.
And IGNATIUS MAZEKO reports that Power Dynamos coach Beston Chambeshi has said he is optimistic of grinding out a positive result when his team plays Clube Recreativo de Caala of Angola in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round return match on Sunday in Huambo.
Power won the first leg 1-0 at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe and hopes to seal qualification to the first round for a date with either Unisport Bafang of Cameroon or Mali's US Bounouni who notched up a vital 0-1 away win.
He reiterated that the players were responding well to training and looking forward to the match set for Estadio dos Kuricutelas.
The team was by Press time playing townmates and MTN Division One north side, Kitwe United in a training match at Garden Park Stadium.
The team has chartered a plane and is scheduled to leave Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola tomorrow morning and is expected to arrive in Huambo by midday.