By RONALD CHAWE –
LUMWANA Radiant coach Allan Kamwanga praised his charges over a historic first win in the top flight football away to Forest Rangers saying the team will dodge the chop back to division if they sustain such a performance.
Kamwanga described the game as tough but urged his side to remain focused as the race was still a long way to go.
“We played a good team but my boys accounted for themselves well and they deserved to win. We have to fight until the end of the season. We feel good today but we still need belief and to be ready for the next
game.” he said.
Lumwana travel to Lusaka to face Nkwazi in a mid week encounter before playing Green Eagles in Choma on Saturday.
And vanquished Forest Rangers coach Simonda Kaunda blamed the defeat on his team’s lack of pace.
““We dropped points against a good team, they played good football they have pace which my boys failed to cope up with and as a result, we failed to play our usual passing game and we resorted to playing long balls, which did not help,” he said.
KALUMIANA KALUMIANA writes that Zesco United coach George Lwandamina said his side’s 2-1 victory away to Power Dynamos in their opening match of the 2016 MTN/FAZ Super League season was critical.
“It is the first step in the direction towards our objective, which is of course, to retain the league championship,” Lwandamina said.
The defending champions missed the opening two games due to their 2016 CAF Champions League commitments.
Meanwhile, Power coach Tennant Chilumba was not available for a post-match comment after witnessing his side tumble for a second consecutive time.
Lusaka Dynamos coach Perry Mutapa was left disappointed after his team suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Lusaka Tigers, writes YVONNE SAKALA.
“I am very disappointed with the result, our players were in top form, we played better than Tigers and we created so many chances but we failed to score. Our strikers failed to score not even a single goal, now this game is behind us we look forward to the coming fixture,” he said.
His opposite number Chanda Mwape said he was impressed with his players’ performance and for sticking to the game plan.
“The game was alright. The players played well and according to instruction, I am happy we won to stay up there with the leaders,” he said.
At Edwin Imboela Stadium, Nakambala Leopards coach Patrick Phiri expressed happiness with the character his side showed by withstanding pressure to force a 1-1 draw with Nkwazi, GODFREY DUBE reports.
“The result is good considering the fact that we played away and the boys managed to withstand the pressure, it is a good start for the season, we have only conceded a goal in two games and this shows how prepared the boys are for the season,” he said.
Nkwazi coach Elijah Chikwanda was unhappy with his charges for failing to win the game they commanded and created numerous scoring chances but was content with a point having lost the opening two fixtures.
“We were winning this game but the boys failed to convert the chances into goals which gave chance to our opponents to score, the draw will motivate the players because we have lost two games, so, it’s a fair result,” he said.
Kabwe Warriors Chairperson Heyden Dingwall hailed the performance of Josphat Kasusu and described him as a good signing who was adding value to the team after the Kabwe outfit played to a 1-all draw against Green Buffaloes at home.
“Kasusu is good striker and will add value in the centre of the club’s striking force. I am sure he has proven it to the club, he played a good game and managed to score. He has made good impression,” Dingwall said.