25 February 2013

Zambia: Power, Zanaco Upbeat

ZAMBIA'S representatives in the Orange 2013 Confederations of African Football (CAF) inter-club championships, Zanaco and Power Dynamos are confident of progressing to the first round of the competition.

Zanaco coach Keegan Mumba said the 4-2 victory over Napsa Stars in the Samuel 'Zoom' Ndhlovu Charity Shield on Saturday was a morale booster for the Zambian champions ahead of their Orange CAF Champions League preliminary round return leg clash against Mbabane Swallows in Swaziland.

Mumba, however, warned his defenders against what he termed 'Kindergarten' defending when Zanaco plays Swallows, saying that would be costly to his team's stay in the competition.

"I am happy with the result as it puts us and Power in a good position as we go out for our respective matches.

"I am happy that we managed to score but we need to work on our defence because I think they have gone to sleep just because we had a good record last season. They need a wake up call because you cannot go to Swallows with such a Kindergarten kind of defending.

He said a defeat would have negatively affected his players heading into a crucial tie against Swallows but that he was confident of progressing through to the next stage because of his team's scoring capabilities and determination.

The 2012 Coach-of-the-Year said his team's current focus was on getting the result away in Swaziland and that the coaching bench would work on all the mistakes observed during the match against Napsa Stars and paid tribute to players like Roderick Kabwe and Davies Mwape for making a positive impact.

And Power coach, Bestone Chambeshi said the Charity Shield semi-finals would not have come at a better time than at the weekend when his team needed a good competitive match before playing Caala.

Chambeshi said the game against Zesco was tough but also acted as a good practise match for his team, adding that the weaknesses that were brought to the fore needed to be worked on before travelling to Angola.

"I am happy with the performance of the team and the players who keep improving with every match we play. We, however, need to work on our attacking system because we need to start killing off matches.

Otherwise, we are on the right track and so far I am impressed with the way the team played and we are now looking forward to our weekend game," he said.

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