George Lwandamina says Zesco United’s mandate is to now retain their FAZ Super Division title and then consider what adjustments should be made following their 2019/2020 CAF Champions League Group A flop.
The Zambian side on Saturday lost 3-1 away to TP Mazembe in DR Congo to bow out of the tournament winless, on 3 points and bottom of Group A in what was their worst league stage run in both continental club cup competitions.
Zesco stuttered through the group stages with a draw-loss-draw sequence of results whose highlight was a 2-1 home defeat on match-day-two on December 7 to Mazembe to see them sustain their second continental home loss in the Ndola clubs’ history.
Furthermore, the group stage notably saw Zesco’s prolific marksman Jesse Were of Kenya fail to find the target by his very high standards despite scoring two goals in the preliminary knockout rounds.
“We have to strengthen our team, we have to blend the team with players with a lot of international experience coupled with our own talents,” Lwandamina said.
“I am sure we will be able to improve in the next competition but we have to go back home now and do our homework and win the league if possible, and then get back to the same front where we haven’t done well this season.”
The defeat also saw Zesco’s poor start to 2020 continue after collecting just one win and a draw in their last eight competitive games since the beginning of the New Year.
Saturday’s defeat in Lubumbashi also came just three days after Zesco lost 2-1 away to sixth placed Kabwe Warriors in a league game before Mazembe added to their misery.
The eight-time Zambian champions are back in domestic action this Wednesday, February 5 when they host third from bottom Nakambala Leopards as they resume the quest to retain the league title for an unprecedented fourth successive season.
Zesco are currently fifth on the league table from 17 games played with three in hand on 34 points, four points behind leaders Nkana and three adrift of second placed Green Eagles.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana
FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent