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The 21-Hour Bus Ride For Zesco Supporters

Mamelodi Sundowns are through to the final of the CAF Champions League. All congratulations go to the Brazilians. But what can we say of our fellow Southern African brothers who shared the journey with us from Zambia?

Supporters Club sat down with Zesco United CEO Justin Mumba to find out how they are doing after the heartache they suffered at the hands of Sundowns on heritage weekend in South Africa.

Beaver Nazo: Good morning, Mr Mumba, how are you doing?

Justin Mumba: Hi Beaver, I'm doing well, thank you.

BN: Zesco lost to Sundowns over the weekend, with a 3-2 aggregate score, but many believe that Zesco missed a lot of chances in Zambia. Your thoughts?

JM: You're quite right, Beaver, we missed the opportunity to wrap up the game in Zambia. But that's the name of the game. We cannot blame anyone for that.

BN: And how is the mood in the Zesco camp now?

JM: Well, obviously everybody is disappointed. But there's nothing we can do about it now, we need to forge ahead and concentrate on the league in order to get back to continental football next season.

BN: We learned that there were two buses from Zambia, filled with Zesco supporters travelling to the game. How long is the trip from Zambia to South Africa?

JM: Well, there were three buses actually. The trip is about 21 hours.

BN: What does football mean to the people of Zambia? You guys always play in full stadiums compared to here in South Africa, where sometimes even our big teams play in almost empty stadiums?

JM: Football is more of a unifying factor, it brings more closure, and it's a very important thing here, hence it's most valued. It's the No. 1 sport here.

BN: Do you have any message for Sundowns, building up to the final?

JM: I'm sure I did appear on SuperSport's Soccer Africa, I did say that it was unfortunate that two teams from the Southern Africa region. They are a Southern African side and we will support them and wish that the trophy remains in the Southern Africa region. We will go and support Sundowns all the way.

BN: And lastly, Mr Mumba, any message for your players?

JM: Firstly, I want to give them a pat on the back, you know no one gave us a chance to be in the semi-final of the CAF CL. We pulled some strings and got where we ended. I think it's a job well done. I think it was also a learning curve for our players, they will now want to go all the way to win it next time. They will now believe that they can do it.

BN: Mr Mumba, thank you very much for taking time to speak to us, and best of luck for the season ahead.

JM: Thank you, Beaver, it was a pleasure talking to you!

Also to be mentioned is that this past weekend's Heritage Day saw Highlands Park's Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma score his 100th PSL goal. Congratulations to Ntofontofo!

What is your message to the Zambian supporters? 

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