Football Sport

Renard consoles Nkana

By STEPHEN PHIRI and ROBINSON KUNDA
FORMER national team coach Herve Renard has implored Nkana to go back to the drawing board and strategise for future continental competitions.
Renard said from Abidjan on Saturday night that Nkana should focus on the Super Division title defence.
“All the best to Nkana for the league competition,” he said.
Renard said Sewe Sport deserved to qualify for the Confederation Cup semi-finals.
“Today Sewe was better by far. I think they [Sewe] deserve to win this game and reach the semi-finals,” said the Ivory Coast national team coach.
Sewe thumped Nkana 3-0 to finish with nine points at par with Egyptian side Al Ahly who settled for a goalless draw with Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.
Nkana managed seven points while Etoile were tail-enders in Group B with six.
Meanwhile, Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi is disappointed with his team’s failure to progress to the semi-finals.
Nkana only needed a draw to make it to the last four.
Chambeshi said in an interview from Abidjan yesterday that Nkana were targeting to win the Confederation Cup.
“Our plan was to win the Cup but Sewe has cut our plans short. It was a tough match,” he said.
Chambeshi said his charges put in their best despite conceding three goals.
He said the players took long to settle in both halves.
The former international midfielder refused to blame any player.
Chambeshi said Nkana will shift focus to the Super Division.
Sewe coach Rigo Gervais said his team capitalised on lapses in the Nkana defence.
Gervais said the match was tough and was happy with the victory.
And Nkana delegation leader Kelvin Mutafu said the players did not account for themselves well.
Mutafu, who is Football Association of Zambia treasurer, said Sewe were a better side and deserved to win.
“I can say the boys tried but they did not account for themselves well. I think we gave away cheap goals,” he said.
Mutafu, however, praised Nkana for reaching the Confederation Cup group stage.
Nkana are expected back home today.

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