MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
NKANA coach Beston Chambeshi says the return of striker Walter Bwalya has boosted his team’s attacking options.
Chambeshi said in an interview after his charges edged Napsa Stars 1-0 in a Super Division Week 22 match in Kitwe on Saturday that the win is a morale boost ahead of Wednesday’s encounter against Zesco United.
“It is good to have Walter back, he is our main man and I am very sure that he has added value to the team, which is good for the team. I am happy with the way the boys played today.
“We played attacking football today which is our tradition here at Nkana, this is good going forward,” Chambeshi said.
Bwalya missed a penalty in the 86th minute.
And Napsa coach Tenant Chilumba said his team is under pressure following their impressive start to the season.
Nkana have 35 points, two behind Power Dynamos, Green Buffaloes and Napsa.
Power Dynamos coach Daniel Kabwe is disappointed that his team failed to collect maximum points at Nkwazi, SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA reports.
“What we planned for didn’t work, we came here to get maximum points but we have shared the points. Nkwazi put up resistance and stopped us from scoring, They [Nkwazi] are also in competition. Now we are focusing on our next game because we need to collect maximum points,” Kabwe said.
Nkwazi coach Albert Mphande commended his players for coming from behind to hold Power at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka.
Coach Mumamba Numba said it will be difficult for Zanaco to retain the Super Division title if they continue dropping points against lowly placed sides, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
“I think it is a very disappointing result on our part because these are teams that we should have beaten. There was improvement in terms of play and organisation on the pitch but otherwise we expected to do more than what we have done today.
“I think a win would have been better for us to challenge for the title, but as it is, it is difficult to challenge for the title if we are failing to beat such teams,” said Numba after Zanaco drew 1-1 with Mufulira Wanderers at Shinde Stadium.
Wanderers coach Wilson Mwale is delighted that his charges got a point against the champions.
“Tough game and it will give confidence to my boys. I am happy we have gotten a draw against a big team like Zanaco. For me it’s work in progress. We lost 6-0 in the first round and 1-1 here. Otherwise we should have won this game had it not been for that one mistake from the goalkeeper [Chrispin Chisowa],” Mwale said.
Green Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda said there is need for his players to have an eye for goal, ALEX NJOVU reports.
“We missed a lot of chances. We could have won this game. We must learn to kill off games,” said Musonda after Buffaloes drew 1-1 with Nakambala Leopards.
Nakambala coach Kaunda Simonda said: “It is sad that we allowed Green Buffaloes into the game right at the death. We stopped playing football. We were instead watching them, that is how they ended up equalising.”
Green Eagles assistant coach George Chilufya says they will aspire for a top-four finish despite lying in the second half of the log, BENEDICT TEMBO reports.
After overseeing Eagles’ 0-0 draw with Lumwana Radiants on Saturday at Independence Stadium in Lusaka, Chilufya believes his lads will fulfil their objective of a decent finish on the log.
Lumwana trainer Zeddy Saileti was happy with a draw away from home.
Saileti, whose team drew with Zanaco last Wednesday, said two points away from North-Western Province was an achievement.