By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE –
ZESCO United coach, Tenant Chembo is confident his team will regain its form ahead of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup and MTN-FAZ Premier Division League football season despite suffering two defeats in row at the ongoing Four-Team tournament in Ndola.
On Wednesday, Zesco suffered a humiliating 0-2 defeat at the hands of league rivals Power Dynamos which was a follow up to their 0-1 loss to Don Bosco of the DR Congo in their opener last Saturday.
Fielding a completely different squad comprising some of his top players in Kondwani Mtonga, Winston Kalengo, Zimisileni Moyo, Bernard Mapili and Kangwa Chileshe, Chembo watched helplessly as his team displayed another sloppy performance against a dominant Power side.
In a post match interview, Chembo said he was disappointed to record two losses in a row.
He, however, defended his charges, saying Zesco put up an improved performance despite not making their scoring chances count.
“Obviously we very disappointed with losses but I must say the players put up an improved performance, we played with direction,” he said.
And Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Motsimane said there was no excuse for his team’s poor show at the training tournament.
The South African PSL giants who have eight regular players in the Bafana Bafana squad at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Don Bosco after losing 3-2 to Power in the opening fixture.
Motsimane, however, said he was delighted that the four-team training tournament had given the reserve players a chance to showcase their skills.
“In football, you always want to win but we are disappointed to lose two games and we will not blame that on the lack of regular players. We failed to utilise chances and we were punished for that, we now look forward to the next game against Zesco,” he said.
Don Bosco coach, Andi Futila said the victories were a bonus for his team’s preparations for the CAF Confederation Cup.
Futila said his team rose to the occasion in recording positive results against two of Africa’s experienced teams, Zesco and Sundowns.
“This tournament is very important to us and we are very happy that players have lived to their expectations. Winning is a good sign that we are on track in our preparations for continental football,” he said.
Zesco plays Sundowns while Power will lock horns against Don Bosco in the final games tomorrow.