SKIPPER Ziyo Tembo says he is confident that Zanaco will overcome Rwanda Patriotic Army in tommorrow’s CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Tembo said the players had prepared adequately and that they would not struggle despite the departure of several key players.

“We are ready for them. I don’t think will shall struggle despite the departure of some key players,” said Tembo.

Zanaco lost seven players in a mass exodus last month among them defenders Aaron Katebe and Fackson Kapumbu, midfielders Roderick Kabwe, Isaac Chansa and Salulani Phiri, strikers Aubrey Funga and Davy Daka.

Kabwe and Funga have joined South Africa Premiership Soccer League side Ajax Cape Town, Salulani has signed for another South African side Polokwane City, Katebe trekked to Nkana while Kapumbu and Daka are both at Zesco United.

The Rwandans eliminated Green Buffaloes 3-2 on aggregate in the 2005 Confederation Cup first round.