CAF Confed Cup: Nkana FC coach confident of victory over Asante Kotoko

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Beston Chambeshi - Nkana FC coach

Head coach of Nkana FC, Beston Chambeshi, has issued a stern warning to Kumasi Asante Kokoto to brace for a defeat when they play in the Confederation Cup in Kitwe on Sunday.

The Porcupine Warriors are expected to play their Zambian counterparts in their third Group C game after defeating another Zambian opponent, ZESCO United 2-1 on Wednesday February 13.

Coach Chambseshi, however, maintained that even though they have so much respect for the Porcupine Warriors, they also have a huge reputation to guard by securing their home invincibility.

Nkana are tied on three points with the other Group C teams but are placed at the bottom of the table due to fewer goal difference and they are seeking to record a win at home to enable them leap to the summit.

Ahead of the clash, Coach Chambeshi is hopeful his side will overpower Asante Kotoko considering his firsthand knowledge of the Porcupine Warriors during his hay days as a player.

“Our preparations are very much in shape. The boys are working hard at training and they are ready for Sunday’s match,” Coach Chambeshi told Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM.

“I know the team [Kotoko] when I was a player. I played against them and at that time it was a very strong team, but now I don’t know the players there currently so we have to respect them.

“We are taking this match seriously because we have to get the maximum points and maintain our good record at home. We are looking forward to the game and we are ready for them,” he added.

The 58-year-old trainer insisted his charges will not adopt any special tactics for the Kotoko game but will stick to their old attacking system and pounce on the Porcupines from start to finish.

“Nkana is an attacking team so we will take this match against Kotoko with no different approach.”

The game could prove crucial in saving Chambeshi’s job following a 0-2 loss to rivals Power Dynamos at home in their local league after his team finished with nine men after regular time.

According to reports, many of the supporters have called for his sack and a win over Kotoko can be a lifeline for his job.

Coach Chambeshi took over from Zeddy Saileti as Nkana FC head Coach in June 2017 and his first match in charge was Week 12 league fixture against town rivals Power Dynamos.

Power handed Chambeshi his first defeat with a 2-1 victory with Dynamos Martin Phiri grabbing a brace while Nkana pulled one back through winger Shadrack Musonda.

Nkana FC started their group campaign with a 0-2 loss to fellow Zambians ZESCO United and a 2-1 win over Sudan’s Al Hilal.

ZESCO will host Al Hilal in the other Group C match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on the same day.