Zanaco FC upbeat about 2021 league title – Numba

By Staff Reporter

ZANACO FC aims to remain on top of stream one of the FAZ/MTN transitional Super League table, according to its coach Mumamba Numba.

After beating Kitwe United 1-2 in a week 12 match at Garden Park Stadium in Kitwe on Sunday, Zanaco commands the table with 23 points while the former is in ninth position with a paltry seven points, six games before the transitional league closes.

A shaky Zanaco scored in the 37th minute through Taonga Bwembya but the host side replied with a 41st minute strike by Congolese, Lassa Kiala.

Ernest Mbewe headed in the winning goal in the 46th minute through Ernest Mbewe

In post-match comments, Numba pointed at the lack of speed by central defenders as the weak link of his team.

“[It was] a very difficult game; these relegation teams are very stubborn to play with! But the most important thing is that we’ve gotten a result that we wanted. The only problem we had in the central defence is lack of pace and that is what Kitwe capitalised on,” Numba told a SuperSport news crew.

“If we had somebody with speed, he would have stopped that. But all the same, they (central defenders) have tried because it’s the first time they are starting. They were equal to the task despite a few lapses. Our aim is to stick at the top.”

He said his side will now get back into training and plan for a victory against Zesco over the weekend.

“We are playing Zesco next week; [it will be] a very difficult game we’ll play against Zesco but they are still beatable. All we need to do is just to encourage our team and I think this game (against Kitwe United) will even motivate them going into the next game against Zesco,” said Numba.

And Kitwe United assistant coach Chisala Mwandawa said: “The performance was very good.”

“We played with them in the first round and I think we dominated. Equally this game, I think we dominated. But we made mistakes here and there. They are a very experienced side and they capitalised on that. We need to get the positives from this game. Our backline was fine [but] what we need to do is to work on our strikers,” said Mwandawa.