Zesco United coach George Lwandamina says the pressure of playing before their expectant home fans fans prevented from eliminating Ghana's Medeama in Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.
Zambiaâ€™s envoy in the competition were eliminated despite defeating Medeama 1-0 in the return leg of the second round played at Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday.
The Ghanaian side won the first leg 2-0 to progress to the third round 2-1 on aggregate.
The only goal scored, by Jackson Mwanza, was created by Mathews Nkhowani.
Zesco dominated the match but wasted a host of chances in both halves through Winston Kalengo, Mathews Nkhowani and Mwelwa Mwape who were all guilty of missing target from close range.
Bonwell Silengo hit the woodwork with his effort from a free kick in the 72nd minute.
Lwandamina says his team was playing to overturn the loss from the first leg and was under pressure to perform to fans expectations.
â€œOur game plan was to create more scoring opportunities, which we did. Unfortunately we failed to put them away. I know it was very difficult to play before our own fans; the players were under a lot of pressure, hence we missed a lot of chances,â€ Lwandamina said.
United will now focus on the FAZ MTN Super League where they lie in seventh position with three points from one match.