Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba is upbeat they can get the desired result at home against Al Ahly this afternoon to book their 2017 CAF Champions League quarterfinal place with a game to spare.

The Bankers host the record 8-time African champions at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka in a penultimate Group D match.

The Zambian champions lead Group D on 10 points, three ahead of the Egyptian giants.

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco are 3rd on 6 points while Cotonsport of Cameroon are bottom on zero points.

“This game is very important to us because this is the game that holds our key to the quarterfinals,” Numba said.

“We are taking it seriously because we are playing a team with a lot of experience and with quality players we need to be at our peak to beat a team like Al Ahly.”

Zanaco head into the match unbeaten in Group D where they have collected 10 out of a possible 12 points from their last four games.

Furthermore,Zanaco have won their last three games and trace their only Group D draw to May 13 on match day one when they held Al Ahly to a scoreless away draw in Alexandria.

A draw on Saturday for Zanaco will also be enough to see them make their debut qualification to the final knockout round of the CAF Champions League.