Zanaco are happy to just be the underdogs heading into their 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal tie against ambitious Egyptian side Pyramids FC.
The Zambian and Egyptian clubs will meet for the first time in continental action after they were drawn against each other in the CAF Inter-Club final knockout draw held in Cairo on February 5.
Big spending Pyramids have made a roaring continental debut this season by qualifying to the last 8 after earlier making a huge statement on the domestic front last term when they mounted a strong challenge to Al Ahly and Zamalek’s duopoly.
“We will respect them, yes they are a big team, but we enjoy playing big teams because we don’t play under pressure against them,” said Zanaco coach Chris Kaunda.
“There is no game that is difficult and it is not easy, all the teams that have qualified to the quarterfinals are tough teams.
Zanaco head into their last 8 tie unbeaten in this year’s competition after qualifying for the quarterfinals for the first time in their 3rd CAF Inter-Club group stage appearance.
Pyramids on the other hand won all their away games but suffered one shock 2-1 home loss to Nigerian side Enugu Rangers in their penultimate Group A match on January 26 in Cairo.
It is at home where Zanaco will play the first leg on March 1 in Lusaka before heading to Cairo for the second leg on March 8. Winner will face either Nigerian side Enyimba or Horoya of Guinea in the semifinals
By Kalumiana Kalumiana,
FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent