Zesco United CEO Justin Mumba says the team must retain the Barclays Cup as the first step towards archiving a double this season.
Zesco face 2012 winners Napsa in the semifinals at Nkoloma Stadium this Saturday in Lusaka.
Zega are chasing an unprecedented sixth Barclays Cup title in the midst of a tight race for the 2017 FAZ Super League race where they are currently 5th and seven points off the pace.
Mumba said retaining the Barclays Cup will also go in some way to redeem Zesco’s 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal exit last month.
“Napsa are a very good team so we cannot underrate them. We need to be at our best to overcome them,” Mumba said.
“We need to go to the final and win it. We are out of the CAF confederation Cup and we can’t let it slip.
“We are a championship team and we need to win cups. We need to up our game if we are to win this cup.
“So as an executive we expect the team to win this cup since we won it last year.”
Mumba also demanded convincing results in the league with eight games left for the rest of the pack toplay while Zesco also have three games in hand.
“We need to believe in our team like we did last year if we are to win the remaining 8 matches. Our technical bench and players must up to the game as there is no room for error,” Mumba said.
“We just have to aim to win this year league since we came out 2nd last year. As an executive we are confident that the test can rise to the challenge. All what is important is to putting our eyes on what we want to achieve and that’s to win the league.”