George Lwandamina is disappointed to have suffered his first Group A loss in 2016 CAF Champions but added that the battle was still a long way from over.
Zesco United lost 2-0 on Thursday morning in Rabat away to Wydad Casablanca to drop from first to third place in Group A while the Moroccans moved up from second to first on maximum points.
Wydad and Zesco were tied on 3 points prior to the match in Rabat after Zesco beat Al Ahly 3-2 at home on June 18 while Wydad won 1-0 away to ASEC Mimosa.
Lwandamina said they were lessons learnt from the Champions League loss but warned that Group A was not going to be an easy one for any of the four teams.
“That is how the competition is. I know we are disappointed by not winning the second game but the boys fought,” Lwandamina said.
“Of course we made a few mistakes that they capitalized on in the last third and in the first third we couldn’t make use of the opportunities that we created.”
Zesco stay put on 3 points from two games, tied with second placed ASEC of Cote d’Ivoire whom they host on July 16 and later play away in Abidjan four days later in the final leg.
Wydad have maximum 6 points.
Record eight-time African champions Al Ahly are bottom on zero points after visiting AESC beat them 2-1 in Alexandria on June 28 to suffer back-to-back Group A defeats.
“The group has always been tough since the draws were made,” Lwandamina said.
“It wasn’t an easy group and it will remain as such.
“What is remaining is to rise up, pick up points and fight to qualify to the semifinals.”