6 February 2013

Zambia: 'Power 'Ll Be Ready for CAF Games'

MTN-FAZ Premier Division side Power Dynamos trainer Bestone Chambeshi has said the coaching staff will rectify the departments that were exposed in the two training matches played at the weekend before the CAF Confederation Cup clash with Angola's Clube Recreativo da Caala.

A second string Power side was trounced 0-3 by FC Platinum of Zimbabwe on Sunday, a day after the main team drew 1-1 with DR Congo newly -promoted outfit Don Bosco coached by Fordson Kabole.

Chambeshi said after the Platinum match that the two games were an eye-opener for the 2011 Zambian champions to the Kitwe team's ongoing preparations for CR Caala who once had former internationals Harry Milanzi and Elijah Tana.

He said Platinum and Don Bosco offered Power, who were demolished 7-1 on aggregate by the latter's sister club TP Mazembe in the second round of last year's range Orange CAF Champions League, the much needed international match training experience.

Platinum assistant coach, Tendai Chikuni, said Power had the potential to do well in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup if only the team could polish up on the lapses exposed by his side that was captained by former Konkola Blades striker Aubrey Chirwa.

Chikuni, who is assistant to former Zambia international Tennant Chilumba, praised his team for defeating MTN Premier Division champions Zanaco and runners-up Power and described the two-match tour of Zambia as a success.

Charles Sibanda gave Platinum the lead on the hour mark when he pounced on skipper Gilbert Kalusa's back pass to goalkeeper Elliott Phiri then 11 minutes later Power squandered a chance to equalise when netminder Francis Tizayi saved Kennedy Mudenda's penalty.

Joel Ngodizo doubled Platinum's lead in the 78th minute with a shot from range then Sibanda completed his brace to seal a victory with a goal on the stroke of full-time.

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