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By Tshepang Mailwane | 2016-09-13 08:48:29.0

Zesco United have been referred to as the surprise packages in the CAF Champions League, but Mamelodi Sundowns' Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene says there's nothing surprising about the club's phenomenal journey to the semifinals.

Zesco's fairytale campaign includes victories over Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas and eight-time champions Al Ahly in the group stages.

They finished second in Group A to qualify for the semis for the first time in their history and they'll host Sundowns in the first leg clash in Ndola on Saturday (kickoff is 3.30pm).

Zesco are coached by George Lwandamina, who is also coaching Mweene in the Zambian national team.

"It's not surprising because as you can see they have a good coach who is working with both the club and the national team. He has coached Green Buffaloes in the Champions League, so he knows how to play in Africa.

"That's why the team is where it is today, because of his experience. He has instilled a lot in the players," said Mweene.

The Sundowns defenders will be very busy come Saturday, having to deal with the threat posed by the likes of Idriss Mbombo, Clatous Chama and Kenyan dangerman Jesse Were. They have 13 goals between them in the competition.

"They have a lot of good players, especially up-front. They have Clatous Chama. He is a winger and they also have [Jesse] Were. They are dangerous players. If we do not pay attention to them, they can hammer us. It will be tough, but we have done our homework.

"We are familiar with the conditions in Zambia. We have played there before (during pre-season last year) and we know the place properly.

"Those were just pre-season games and maybe most of the players were not taking it serious. Now it's a different game and it will be tough. But we want it more. We've come a long way and we cannot just drop the ball now."