History beckons for Zesco United when they hosts Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa on Saturday in a 2016 CAF Champions League semifinal, first leg match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Zesco are banking on home advantage this weekend to take favourable result into next weekend’s final leg as they bid to become the first Zambia club to reach the Champions League final in its current last eight group round-robin phase format before the semifinals.
Nkana were the last team to reach the final in the old format in 1990 when they lost to JSK of Algeria and a season later Power Dynamos became the only Zambia club to win a continental title in the defunct CAF Cup winner Cup.
Zesco are counting on the illustrious unbeaten record in Ndola in continental championship stretching back to 2008.
This season alone Zesco have won all but one of their home matches.
That blemish came in their final Group A match against Wydad Casablanca of Morocco on August 24 who held them to a 1-1 draw to see Zesco finish second behind their guest on 11 and 9 points respectively.
Zesco will be without their talented midfielder Cletus Chama who is suspended for the match.
However, strikers Jesse Were and Idris Mbombo on 4 and 5 Champions League goals this season in that order are expected to lead Zesco’s attack.
Sundowns, though, are not new to Zesco after playing each other in friendly matches over the last three years.
Sundowns has carried the day in all those friendly club international but will find Zesco a different prospect in a competitive match.