The potentially tough fixture will be staged at Arthur Davies Stadium Kitwe this Saturday.
The game promises fireworks, since the Zambians are anchoring the four team group with a single point. They must salvage a win to survive in this group. This is a must win encounter for them.
Currently, their opponents in the group Sahel and Egypt’s Al Ahly both have five points from three games. But the Egyptians top the group on the account of having superior goal aggregate. Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport is on the third sport with three points.
“The morale in the camp is very high and the players know what is at stake. We are going to put up a good fight for the three points because this game is very important to us especially that our prospects in the competition are very much alive,” he explained.
His side has been boosted by return of the team’s talismanic, striker Ronald Kampamba and midfielders, Frank Chibuye and Shadreck Musonda who were on the sidelines due to injury.
Kampamba was the thorn in the flesh of the Tunisians when the two sides clashed in the first encounter played at Stade de Olympique de Sousse. The Tunisians had to come thrice from behind to win the game 4-3.
Sahel Coach, Dragan Cvetkovic told Zambia’s online media published Thursday that his side target is to sail through to the semis.
He said despite the scare the Zambians gave his side back home during the first encounter, this weekend game will be a different ball game despite his team observing Ramadan.
He said he now knows the Zambians thoroughly well and his side is fully prepared to sort them out.
“Our target is qualification and it’s always the same. We know our opponent [Nkana] and we are prepared as always,” Cvetkovic was quoted by Zambia’s Daily Mail as saying.
Nonetheless, he acknowledged that it will not be a stroll in the park for his side to scrape a win in Kitwe taking into the account their opponents’ current form and their sterling performance they sprung out in the first encounter.
“This game will be difficult because this might be their [Nkana] last chance to go up,” he said.
But he was quick to add that he has quality arsenals in his squad that will ensure that the dream to reach the last four becomes a reality.
“It won’t be an easy game for us .But I have an ambitious team and we are here to record something,” Cvetkovic declared.
Defender Ghazi Abdderrazzak who had the misfortune of tucking the ball in his own net during the first encounter will have responsibility to ensure that his side emerges from Kitwe without bloody nose by keeping an eagle eye on Kampamba.
The midfield will depend on the services of Kalil Bangoura to keep things boiling to ensure that Lassad Jaziri and Baghdad Bouedjah upfront provide enough firepower to kill off the stubborn Zambian Devils on their own backyard.