Lwandamina unfazed by underdog tag

Zesco United coach George Lwandamina says all four teams playing in the 2016 Caf Champions League semi-finals have an equal chance of reaching the final.
Lwandamina told fazfootball.com on Thursday morning that he would not be distracted by those who were saying the stage was too big for his team.
Zesco United will play Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) in the semi-finals, while Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) will take on Zamalek (Egypt).
Wydad Casablanca will be away to Zamalek in the first of their two-legged tie on Friday, September 16 while Zesco United will be at home first against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, September 17.
The second legs are scheduled for September 24.
“We are going into the semi-finals with the same determination as the other teams. The bigger picture is to advance to the final. Definitely that is what all the four teams want,” said Lwandamina.
“Since we qualified to the group stage we have been the underdogs so we will respect the opinions of those who think we are not good enough. We are not going into this tie for formalities. No team goes into any tournament to lose. But I cannot tell you that we are going to win because I am not God.
“We cannot even say that we have home advantage in the first leg. Everywhere we have played has been home for us. We have played away from home and done well; we have played at home and done well and we have done badly at home.
“People are saying this is our biggest match ever but I am taking it like any other we have played before. We have never played Sundowns at this stage; we have played Al Ahly and so many good teams before. Against Sundowns, it will be the usual eleven men against eleven just like any other game,” he said.
Lwandamina further stated that for the team to do well it needed the support of the fans and called on Zesco United fans to rally behind Zesco United at Levy Mwanawasa on Saturday.
“The game will be decided on the field and we will do our part in meeting what is expected of us. Our supporters should not just expect us to perform well. They will need to do their part because players will need motivation.”

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