Malian outfit Binga Football Club have arrived in the country ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup Pre-group stage clash against Zambian giants Zanaco FC on Sunday at Heroes Stadium.
The 26-member delegation touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at exactly 15:20 hours Aboard Ethiopian Airline.
Binga FC reached the final of the 2021 Malian Cup, losing 3-2 to Stade Malien. However, they qualified for the 2021–22 CAF Confederation Cup as Stade Malien won the league, thus qualifying for the 2021–22 CAF Champions League.
In their first season in African competition, they defeated MC Breweries of Liberia in the first round, and ASFA Yennenga Burkina Faso of Burkina Faso in the second round. The club could not afford to fly, so travelled over 1300km by minibus to both countries.
They are drawn against Zambian club Zanaco in the 3rd round, with the fixture in doubt due to the logistical challenges resulting from Binga’s lack of funds. With the 1st leg in Zambia scheduled for 28 November and the 2nd leg in Mali on 5 December, travelling by road would entail a round trip of 15,000km and would prove a challenging obstacle.
The second leg will be on the 5th of December 2021 in Bamako, Mali.
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