10.05.2005 Football News

Red Arrows pledge to edge out Faisal.

By Raymond Yeboah
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FAZ president Teddy Mulonga says there is need to review the poor performance of Zambian teams in continental championships.

Mulonga said this following the 1-1 draw by Zambia's remaining continental envoys Red Arrows with Ghana's King Faisal Babes in an African Confederations Cup fourth round, first leg match in Lusaka at the weekend.

The FAZ chief, who watched the match at Nkoloma stadium, said that the performance of the national champions, left much to be desired.

Mulonga said he could not understand how and why Arrows as national champions were failing to exert themselves properly when they had reached this far in the competition.

“There is need to review the performance of Zambian teams in the continental championships.

As national champions, I cannot understand why and how Red Arrows are faltering at this stage of the competition,” he said adding that there was need to seriously and urgently analyse the team's performance.

And Arrows chairman, Colonel Steve Chilima said he was confident his team would reverse the result when the two teams meet in the return leg in Ghana next weekend.

“I still have hope that we will reverse the result. We just need to put one or two things right,” the club chairman said.

Arrows who won the FAZ Premier Division league title for the first time ever last year found themselves relegated to the Confederations Cup after being routed 3-0 and 6-1 away and home by defending champions Enyimba of Nigeria last month.

To set up a date with Enyimba, Arrows knocked out Zimbabwe's CAPS United on a 3-2 aggregate scoreline after drawing 1-1 in the first leg in Harare and winning the return leg 2-1 in Lusaka.

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