The Zambian club visits Enugu Rangers this Sunday for their 2nd 1/16th round first leg clash.
This will be Zesco's third trip to Nigeria in eight years where they are winless with two defeats losing 3-2 against Kano Pillars during the 1999 CAF Champions League group stage, and suffering a 3-0 loss Warri Wolves at the knockout stage of the 2010 CAF Confederation Cup.
“I think we have enough experience now to handle the pressure in West Africa.”
Banda further added that the team will hold their own despite injury setbacks and suspensions that have especially hit Zesco's frontline.
Striker Jackson Mwanza is injured while his attacking partner Idris Mbombo is suspended for the away leg.
That has left Kenya-born Jesse Were and John Chingandu as the regulars in the travelling party to Enugu.
The situation has forced Head Coach, Zlatko Krmpotic, to call up fringe striker Maybin kalengo and new signing Patrick Kongolo for the crucial away test.
“It is a big blow, we will miss them but I think the team has enough firepower to replace them,” Banda said.
“I believe the replacements will do their best that is why they are registered”.
Midfielder Misheck Chaila and defender Simon Silwimba will also miss the trip due to injuries.
Saturday, 8 April 2017
CF Mounana (Gabon) vs ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)
Bidvest (South Africa) vs Smouha (Egypt)
CNaPS (Madagascar) vs Recreativo do Libolo (Angola)
KCCA (Uganda) vs El Masry (Egypt)
Young Africans (Tanzania) vs MC Alger (Algeria)
Sunday, 9 April 2017
FUS Rabat (Morocco) vs MAS Fes (Morocco)
Rangers (Nigeria) vs Zesco (Zambia)
RC Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) vs CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Ports Authority (Gambia) vs Hilal Obeid (Sudan)
Port Louis (Mauritius) vs Club Africain (Tunisia)
Barrack Young Controllers (Liberia) vs Supersport (South Africa)
AS Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) vs Platinum Stars (South Africa)
Horoya (Guinea) vs Ittihad Tangier (Morocco)
AC Leopards (Congo) vs Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)
TP Mazembe (DR Congo) vs JS Kabylie (Algeria)
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Rivers United (Nigeria) vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda)