George Lwandamina says Zesco United put in a one hundred percent shift, but it just wasn’t their year in the group stage of the 2019/20 Caf Champions League season.
The Zambian champions have failed to win any of their last 5 Groups A matches, collecting just 3 points along the way with only 1 game left to play.
On Saturday, Zesco where denied their first Group A win when Premiero de Agosto of Angola rallied to draw 1-1 away in Ndola after Winston Kalengo put the hosts ahead in the 49th minute before Manuel Alfonso equalised in the 68th minute.
That result in their penultimate Group A match left Agosto and Zesco tied on 3 points and out of the quarterfinal race, trailing far behind second-placed Zamalek and leaders TP Mazembe who have qualified with a game in hand on 8 and 11 points respectively.
Zamalek and Mazembe’s 0-0 draw in Cairo on Friday ensured it was bridge to far for Zesco and Agosto with a match left to play.
“It was a well-played game by both teams, we also wanted to win, we put in everything and we created chances that we couldn’t put away,” Lwandamina said.
“Of course, it was just a formality game after Friday’s draw.
“But we qualified into this competition to do better, but it just hasn’t been the case.
This season’s Group A campaign is Zesco’s worst run in the group stage in all their continental five outings since they made their league round debut in 2009.
Zesco now head to DR Congo on February 1 to play Mazembe who beat them 2-1 in the first leg meeting in Ndola on December 12.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana
FARpost’s Zambian Correspondent