MBABANE Swallows skipper Tony Tsabedze says his team is in Zambia to eliminate Nkana from the 2014 CAF Champions League.
But Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili has urged Nkana to save Zambia from embarrassment by eliminating Swallows.
“We are not here for fun,” Tsabedze said ahead of tomorrow’s CAF Champions League preliminary round return tie against Nkana.
He said on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday that they have a mission to complete on their visit to Zambia.
Swallows are carrying a two-goal cushion heading into the return match at Nkana Stadium and the Kitwe giants need to score three unanswered goals to overturn the first leg result.
Tsabedze, however, said his team expects a tough challenge from Nkana.
And Swallows coach Chris ‘Gazza’ Tembo said he has brought his side to achieve a desirable result and qualify to the next round of the competition.
No stranger to Nkana, the former Zanaco player and coach said Swallows have a formation to help them qualify to the next round.
Tembo, however, has not ruled out Nkana overturning the result.
“In football anything is possible but we will try to avoid that. Our aim is to qualify,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kambwili said it will be embarrassing for Nkana to be booted out of the lucrative championship by the Swazi side.
“I am urging Nkana to win on Saturday at all cost. I am not expecting anything less than victory,” said Kambwili, as he presented Nkana the 2013 Super Division trophy.
Meanwhile, Nkana players are confident of beating Swallows.
Striker Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba said he is geared to bang in goals.
Kampamba said beating Swallows by a cricket margin is the best way to redeem themselves from the shocking loss in Swaziland.
“It will be a tough match but we will not allow them to eliminate us. I will make sure I score for my team,” Kampamba said.
Defender Billy Mwanza said Swallows should expect a thorough beating.
He promised to be at his best to avoid giving Swallows strikers chance to score.
Skipper Sydney Kalume said nothing will stop Nkana from progressing to the first round.
“We are aware of what is at stake and we will do the right thing,” Kalume said.
Nkana coach Masautso Mwale said injured midfielders Kelvin Mubanga and Bruce Musakanya are being assessed.
Mubanga sustained a knee injury during training while Musakanya, who missed last Sunday’s first leg against Swallows, picked up an ankle injury during the Four-Club Invitation tournament in Lubumbashi.
Pic Credit : Sydney Mahlangu