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I will revive Nkana – Saileti

Zeddy Saileti

ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka &  MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
NEWLY appointed Nkana coach Zeddy Saileti says he is equal to the task of reviving the fortunes of the glamorous side.
The Nkana executive committee yesterday promoted Saileti to be at the helm of the technical bench while Aggrey Chiyangi was ‘promoted’ to be technical director.
Chiyangi was Saileti’s boss for two years.
Saileti said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that he is eager to guide Nkana to winning a record 13th Super Division title this year so that CAF Champions League football could return to Wusakile township.
Nkana represented the country in Africa’s premier club competition in 2014 and reached the second round.
“Traditionally, Nkana is not an easy team, it doesn’t matter who is the coach, pressure to win silverware is always there because the expectations are so high.
“Our fans are used to having continental football here, so that is my target as I start my stint. I just have to work hard and prepare the team for what the sponsors and the fans want. It is a big role but I am ready for it,” said Saileti, who was in charge of the team when Nkana beat Zesco United 3-2 in November last year ending a 12-year losing jinx to the Ndola outfit.
Saileti will be assisted by Gift Kampamba and Billy Mwanza, who has been roped in from the Nkana youth team.
Nkana finished third on the Super Division log last season with 70 points, 11 behind champions Zanaco.
And Chiyangi is confident Saileti will bring success to the team.
“I will miss being the leader of the team, but what is important is that we support the new leader [Saileti]. I know he will do a good job. I know what kind of person he is having worked with him for a long time.
“My new position is a link between the team and the executive so I have a role to play. It is not a small thing. It means I have to put in a lot of research and offer concrete advice to the coaches and management,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nkana president Everisto Kabila announced the changes in a statement issued in Kitwe yesterday by club media officer Lillian Musenge.
Kabila said the move is part of the positive changes the club is making after conducting a post-mortem.
“Like we had promised, the club executive and technical bench at the end of the 2016 season carried out a post-mortem and identified areas of improvements.
“This is part of the plan to fix, manage these shortcomings and plot a stronger comeback. Our mission in 2017 is to win silverware. I, therefore, on behalf of the executive committee wish to take this opportunity to congratulate both Zeddy and Aggrey on their new roles,” Kabila said.
He urged all stakeholders to give Saileti and Chiyangi support in a bid to take the club to the pinnacle of Zambian football.

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