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FEATURE: A profile of Kaizer Chiefs’ next Caf Confederation Cup opponent Zesco United

16:20 GMT+4 31/12/2018
Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenges Dave Daka of Zesco United
Goal takes a look at who are the next opponents for Amakhosi as they prepare to meet in the first round play-off stage of the continental trophy

.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced the draw results for the 2018/19 Confederation Cup on Friday.

South African giants Kaizer Chiefs are close to reaching the lucrative group stages and they will meet fellow Southern African outfit, Zesco United, Goal takes a look at their Zambian opponent.

Founded in 1974, Zega Mambo are wholly owned by the power utility, Zesco and they became the first Zambian club to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League in 2009.

They are one of only three Zambian teams which hold an all-time record where they are unbeaten at home against a foreign clubs.

Although the reigning Zambian champions are yet to win any Caf competition, their highest finish was reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016 where they lost to eventual champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Managed by the experienced coach in George Lwandamina, United have won seven Super League titles and five Copa Barclays trophies.

Zega Mambo reached the Confederation Cup Last 32 in 2006, first round in 2010 and Last 16 in 2013, before managing a quarter-final berth last year.

They are one of the most supported clubs in Zambia and they are also known to their passionate fans as Zescolo, Team Ya Ziko and Zeglacticos.

Their influential players are Lazarous Kambole, Jesse Were and John Ching’andu.

Zesco launched their continental campaign against Congolese giants TP Mazembe in the Champions League, but a 2-1 loss on aggregate meant that they were demoted to the Confederation Cup.