Zesco anticipates better Cup fortunes


ZESCO United coach George Lwandamina, insists they will serve up an interesting Barclays Cup final with Zanaco, despite the two draws that have separated them in the league this season.

Defending champions Zesco, were held to a 0-0 away draw by the current league leaders on Saturday, at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka after earlier finishing 1-1 in the first leg meeting in Ndola in May.

Saturday’s match was a prelude to the two sides’ upcoming Barclays Cup final clash, to be played at a date to be set by the Football Association of Zambia. “No, it will not be the same. This is the league and that is a different tournament with different motivations and you cannot see it finishing in a draw,” Lwandamina said.

Meanwhile, the draw left Zesco still in 4th position on 50 points, fifteen behind Zanaco after 22 and 28 games played respectively with four rounds left before the 2016 league season comes to a close.

“It was a tough game but we had more scoring opportunities,” Lwandamina said.

Zesco have now failed to beat Zanaco in three successive league games and in 2015 lost 4-0 in Ndola to the latter in their final leg top-flight meeting of that season on October 30.

And Lwandamina is reported to be in Dar es Salaam to complete talks with Tanzanian giants Yanga on a two-year deal.

Lwandamina, who guided Zambian side Zesco United to the Caf Champions League semifinals this campaign, is set to take over the Jangwani Street club with immediate effect.

“Yanga wants Lwandamina to take over because of his massive experience on the African continent, something that is important because of their ambitions ahead of next year’s Caf Champions League,” said a close source to the club who preferred anonymity.

“He is in Dar es Salaam and the club has offered him a contract of two years and what is remaining is to agree on terms and conditions. The club will issue an official statement as soon as the deal is signed.”

Yanga have run out of patience with Hans van Pluijm whose side sits in second place on the Vodacom Premier League table standings with 21 points from 10 games, eight points behind their biggest archrivals Simba who have amassed 29 points from 11 games.

If both parties agree, this will be Lwandamina’s first assignment outside of Zambia where he was in charge of his former side Mufulira Wanderers, Green Buffaloes, Kabwe Warriors as well as Red Arrows before he was named Chipolopolo coach in May 2015 guiding Zambia to the Chan 2016 quarterfinals.-FAZ facebook/Supersport