MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
NKANA assistant coach Manfred Chabinga says the 4-0 thrashing of defending champions Zanaco keeps alive the legendary side’s ambitions of representing the country in the 2018 Africa inter-club competitions.
With his boss Beston Chambeshi out with the national team in Algeria for tonight’s 2018 World Cup qualifier, Chabinga saw Walter Bwalya hit a hat-trick while Jacob Ngulube contributed the other goal as Nkana handed Zanaco their heaviest defeat this season.
Chabinga was impressed with the players response after struggling to beat City of Lusaka 1-0 last Sunday.
“After losing to Green Buffaloes recently we told the boys that we should win the next five games in a roll and so far we have won two, and if we win the next three then we will represent the country in continental football next year,” he said.
Nkana are fifth with 44 points at par with Zanaco and three behind leaders Green Buffaloes.
Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba described the loss as a setback.
“They [Nkana] punished us, we did not defend the way were supposed to defend. We just have to accept that we did not defend well. It is a setback on our challenge for the title. We expected to get three points or at least a point from here but it wasn’t meant to be. We need to move on and perform better,” Numba said.
He said the defeat had nothing to do with the four players who are on national duty.
Skipper Ziyo Tembo, goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata, midfielders Ernest Mbewe and Augustine Mulenga are with the Chipolopolo in Algeria.
Green Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda said his team will work hard to remain at the summit, SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA reports.
Musonda said his players will embrace hard work going forward that the ambitions of winning the title could be a reality.
Buffaloes beat Napsa Stars 1-0 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Napsa coach Tenant Chilumba urged his players to ‘wake up’.
“We just have to put our heads together, I know we are under pressure. We want results and results can only come when we are playing well. I can’t say we are out of contention for the league title, we are still in contention and I am still working with the team,” Chilumba said.
Red Arrows coach Honour Janza is disappointed with his team’s goalless draw with Nkwazi.
Nkwazi coach Albert Mphande is happy his team managed to secure a point away from home.
Forest Rangers coach Perry Mutapa said there is need to build on the 3-0 win over Buildcon, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
“Obviously we have been consistently inconsistently so it is a worry to us but we are hoping another page has been turned for us and if we can go many games without losing especially our next game and if we can win or if the waste goes to the waste a draw,” said Mutapa at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Mufulira Wanderers coach Justin Chinama is delighted with the 1-0 win over Lusaka Dynamos.
Chinama said the victory over the big spenders will motivate his charges going forward.