Sensational Zanaco head coach Chris Kaunda says his side went into Sunday's CAF Confederation Cup game against Motema Pembe as a tired side.
Kaunda told Futaa Zambia in a post-match interview that his team was slow in the first half because of playing games concurrently. The Bankers gaffer was also quick to praise substitute Moussa Souleymanou who scored the winning goal.
"We went into this game as a tired team, We have been playing games in and out, Am going into my third week and we have played six games without rest it's unfortunate. Pembe came into this game very fresh that's why we're heavy and slow on the ball," he said.
"They (Motema Pembe) got tired towards the end and you saw what we were doing and controlled the game."
" Moussa came in and followed instructions, very good professional player. God was with us we equalized though we left it late," he added.
Kaunda revealed that he noticed a gap on the right wing which the DR Congo outfit was leaving and utilized to their advantage to get the two goals.
"I saw the gap that they were leaving on the right-wing and we had to utilize it in the second half and it got us what we wanted. This game was very crucial for us, We are remaining with the Morocco game and we are looking for quarter-finals, We have to stay focused as a team."
Captain of the side Roger Kola described the win as very important because it puts Zanaco in a good position ahead of their final group game.
" We know that in this competition there are no easy games and we changed the mentality in the second half. This win was very important for us as it has put us in a good position, We are looking forward to the next match," he said.
Moussa Souleymanou scored the winner in the dying minutes after Kelvin Owusu had leveled matters to secure a vital 2-1 win for the seven-time Zambia Super League Champions.
Zanaco who is now second in group B with nine points needs at least a point in their final group game against RS Berkane away in Morocco to secure qualification to the quarter-finals.