By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE –
NKANA captain Sydney Kalume says the players are ready to redeem themselves by beating Mbabane Swallows this Saturday to advance to the next round of the 2014 CAF Champions League.
Kalume said in an interview upon arrival at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola that nothing will stop Nkana from going all the way and win the competition.
He also appealed to fans to electrify Nkana stadium saying that their support would play a key role in boosting the team’s morale.
“Suffering elimination at this stage is not an option and we will not fail our fans this weekend. We are geared to go all the way and produce a positive result that will make us advance in the next stage,” he said.
His comments were echoed by veteran defender Billy Mwanza, who said there was need for the players to redeem themselves but should be guard against allowing Swallows to score.
Midfielder Kelvin Mubanga said the team was capable of upsetting tables and that the pitch should not be used as an excuse as Swallows were a better team that day.
Defender Christopher Munthali also predicted Nkana victory but that it would be a tough encounter.
And Coach Masautso Mwale remained upbeat that his side will beat Swallows and progress to the first round of the competition.
The Zambian champions suffered a 2-0 bashing at the hands of Swallows on Sunday but Mwale has remained confident that Nkana has what it takes to overturn the result and sail through to the next stage.
“I saw the way Swallows were playing and I can assure you, they cannot match our style.
“We lost because the boys completely failed to apply our system on that pitch but come this weekend, the story will be different,” he said.
Meanwhile, Swallows Coach Christopher ‘Gazza’ Tembo told Supersport.com his team will not allow Nkana to overturn their first leg advantage.