Jesse Were has described his first season at Zesco United as satisfactory but added that he is looking forward to more productive 2017 campaign after the club failed to retain the FAZ Super Division title.
The Kenyan international striker joined Zesco at the start of 2016 from Nairobi club Tusker and enjoyed a prolific run in the just-ended the 2016 campaign with 19 competitive goals, 15 in the league and another four in the CAF Champions League.
His goals in Africa were critical in helping Zesco make history when the club became the first Zambian side to reach the CAF Champions League semifinals.
“I can say that my first season was great because I achieved a lot with the team despite being my first season,” Were said.
“My target in 2017 is to help my team reclaim the league title which we missed out in this just concluded year.”
Were also reflected on some highs and lows for him in 2016.
Yes, 15 goals was great but it wasn’t my target because my target was 20 goals,” Were said.
“My most memorable moment is when we reached the semifinals of the Champions League.
“The most disappointing moment is when we were knocked out of the Champions League.
“The continental campaign was good for us despite our first group stage appearance since 2009.We came back stronger and it was unfortunate that we were knocked out in the semis but it was still an achievement for us.”
Meanwhile, Zesco will play in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup after finishing second in 2016 behind Zanaco.
“I believe the experience from the Champions League will help us in the Confederation Cup,” Were said.