Zanaco FC beats Gambia Armed Forces in CAF Champions League

Monday, February 12, 2018

Zambian side Zanaco FC gave a 3-0 defeat to Gambia’s current league champions Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) in the 2018 CAF Champions League preliminary first-leg round at the Nkoloma stadium  in Zambia on Saturday.

The Khaki boys left Banjul on Wednesday with the hope of gaining an away point against their opponent but the home side capitalised on their chances and took up the home advantage to beat the Soldiers.

Zanaco FC has been consistent in their form even before their clash with GAF after finishing 2nd position in their Zambian league with over 70 points. GAF are so far sitting in 5th position with 14 points in nine games.

Zanaco FC is expected to travel to The Gambia in two weeks for the second leg. The Gambia and the Armed Forces team and fans will be hoping to do or take similar advantage at home like their opponent when they play at the Independence Stadium.

The CAF Champions League  

The CAF Champions League, formerly known as the African Club Champions Cup, was started in 1964, and was played by teams that ended up as winners of the championships of member associations.

The present structure of the championship, having a direct eliminatory phase coupled with a group phase was started in 1997. In 2004, CAF increased the representation of some countries in this competition by allowing the first 12 countries on its annual classification, set up on the basis of the performance of clubs at interclub competitions, to have two representatives.

The first phase of the competition, which is divided in rounds is based on a direct elimination system, which is played in away and return leg matches. The winners of the last round of this phase qualify for the second phase, which is based on a pool system; given that the losers are sent over to the CAF Confederations Cup.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara