By KALUMIANA KALUMIANA –
DIGGERS’ coach Lawrence Njobvu has said the Kitwe rugby giants are back to the old dominant force in the game and warned opponents to take his team’s challenge for the 2016 Zambia Rugby Union Division One title seriously.
The former champions on Saturday beat local rivals Kitwe Playing Fields (KPF) 6-3 to extend their unbeaten run to five games and firmly maintain second place on the log.
Njobvu, in a post-match interview at KPF, praised his young side’s character for beating a KPF team that comprised former influential Diggers’ players like Benaya Mukwamba.
“It is a very good and impressive win and I think we came here to show them that (good display),” Njobvu.
“We are a big and developing club but we are better than them. It is a warning to everyone that we are back. The boys should keep on working hard and the sky is the limit,” he said.
Diggers secured their win via penalties converted by Brian Mbalwa and Patrick Chanda while Mukwamba slotted in a spot kick for KPF.
Meanwhile, KPF team manager James Muyeba conceded defeat and said the club would go back to the drawing board.
“It is a very painful loss but I know the boys will overcome that,” Muyeba said.
With a match in hand, Diggers have 20 points, five off the pace from six games, while Arrows lead the charge on 25 points.
KPF occupy fourth position on the log with 16 points, two less than third-placed Nkwazi.