On behalf of my executive and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Zanaco Football Club and Zesco United Football Club on their progress to the next stage of their respective CAF competitions.
Zanaco have done the country proud by making it to the Group Stage of the CAF Champions League after outclassing a very strong Young Africans side of Tanzania through away goals rule after drawing 1-all away and 0-0 at home.
Zesco United continues to shine on the continental stage and qualified to the pre-group stage of the Confederation Cup after defeating Les MessagerNgozi of Burundi 4-2 on aggregate.
It is worth noting that while the nation is still beaming with pride and joy of winning the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, Zanaco and Zescohave equally lit-up our spirits through their successful qualification for the next stage of CAF competitions.
Zanaco joins Zesco United in elite company of clubs that have qualified to the group stage of the Champions League in the new format with the latter making it in 2009 and 2016.
We are so far very proud of the way our flag carriers in the continental championships continue to represent us and the country at large. This is another clear testament that Zambian football is on its ascendancy.
Zesco United did make the Champions League semifinals last year and set the bar high. We are glad that the country remains on course to meet those high standards.
We urge management and the technical bench from both teams to continue with the great work they have so far done and remain steadfast.
This qualification is in line with our vision to make Zambia a force again in international football as was the case in the past.
We would also like to urge management of both teams and the technical bench to remain resolute and prepare adequately for their next encounters.
The secret to any team’s success is serious investment in preparations. We are very positive Zanaco and Zesco management will do everything possible to ensure that the boys are ready for their next challenge.
Zesco and Zanaco’s achievements thus far, is an indication of the teams’ resolve to go very far in the continent’s most competitive and prestigious tournaments.
This Zanaco team has the ability to replicate Zesco’s exploits in the CAF Champions League in 2016 where the latter reached the semi-finals of the tournament.
Congratulations once more to both clubs for this great achievement. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
For and on behalf of:
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA