BUFFALOES IN TRICKY CAF ENCOUNTER

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By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

GREEN Buffaloes have a mountain to climb as they aim to reverse the 4-1 deficit against Club Sportif Sfaxien of Tunisia in today’s CAF Confederation Cup first round, return leg at Nkoloma Stadium.

Buffaloes suffered a 4-1 defeat in Tunisia last Saturday, and a now have a tough job to score three unanswered goals to earn qualification to the group stage.

On arrival last Friday, three-time champions, Sfaxien coach Ruud Krol warned that his team was in Lusaka to finish off Buffaloes.

But Buffaloes mentor Bilton Musonda is adamant his lads can still fight back against the Arabs and reach the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

Musonda said 90 minutes was enough time to reverse the goal deficit.

““I think ‘Impossible is Nothing’. We lacked a bit of some experience in the first leg and now have a clue of how our opponents play. The boys know the tough assignment ahead of them and definitely looking to deliver,” he said.

Krol said the team would not played a relaxed games as they still have a point to prove in Zambia.

He said the 4-1 victory was in the past and the team wants to give Buffaloes another memorable beating.

“We will not overlook Buffaloes’ capability, the fact is we are here to finish them off. I know a goalless draw will be enough to secure us the group stage place but winning by 3-0 or more will be sweeter,” he said.

Musonda will look Mike Katiba and  Diamond Chikwekwe to redeem Buffaloes from misery.

MEANWHILE, in Tanzania, CAF Champions League representatives Nkana face Simba SC in a return leg at national stadium this afternoon. Nkana edged Simba 2-1 last Saturday and a goalless draw could earn them progress to the group stage.

The Kalampa boys boast of a formidable side of Ronald “Sate Sate” Kampamba, Klevin Kampamba and Walter Bwalya, expected while Simba’s fans favourite Chipolopolo midfielder Clatous Chama is expected to put up a better performance at home.

 

“We are not in any pressure, all we want is victory. The boys are mentally ready to handle the nosy Simba fans, “said Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi.

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