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Lacklustre Zanaco beaten by CAPS United at Nkoloma

Zanaco on Sunday afternoon put up a rusty performance when they went down 2 – 1 to visiting CAPS United of Zimbabwe.

If the happenings at Sunset Stadium over the transfer widow raised eyebrows, today’s performance could have left more question marks on the preparedness of the conutry’s representatives in the CAF Champions League.

Playing a very tactical 4 3 3 formation at the start, coach Numba Mumamba named five new players in the starting XI, three of those foreign signings.

The ‘bankers’ looked a potent force going forward in the opening exchanges with Reuben Lokwa on the left flank, Kennedy Musonda running through the middle and brilliant Augustine Mulenga on the right while Seth Sakala was making late runs from deep in the midfield.

But CAPS were always looking dangerous on the break with Ronald Chitiyo the most dangerous of the attackers.

The best opening of the game fell to Lokwa who broke loose on the right but he failed to even trouble the goalkeeper as his shot went wide off the mark in the 17th minute.

In the 28th minute, the visitors won a free kick in a central position about 30 yards from goal.

The huge Zimbabwean shot stopper, Edmore Sibanda, walked up the pitch to the amazement of the partisan fans and he blasted a low ferocious shot which left Racha Kola no chance at full stretch.

Zanaco were by now failing to make any meaningful progress in the final third and Numba did not hesitate to ring the changes as he brought in Timothy Sakala for Lokwa in the 42nd minute and changed to a 4 4 2 formation.

Zanaco looked more in control after the change and were unlucky not to level matters when Musonda saw his shot come off the crossbar.

Zanaco picked up from where they left when the game resumed but they were again caught ona counter attack on the left and once Abbas Amidu had turned into the box, a strong cross at the near post saw Kola falter as he turned it into his own net in the 70th minute moments after he had made a point blank save from a Chitiyo shot in the six yard box.

The referee then awarded Zanaco a penalty. Mulenga stepped up to take it but he saw his effort come off the woodwork in the 75th minute.

Mulenga picked himself up and earned Zanaco another penalty five minutes later after he was brought down in the box.

Seth Sakala made no mistake from the spot to give the home side a face saver.

With up to six players leaving the champions at the end of the season, Zanaco did not show much fluidity in their play but will look to oil their joints with upcoming friendlies against Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe during the week before they play APR of Rwanda in the preliminary round of the champions league.

The Zimbabwean champions on the other hand will be satisfied with the result after they were beaten 2 – 0 at the same venue by Red Arrows.

Zanaco XI v CAPS United

Racha Kola – Taonga Bwembya, Zimiseleni Moyo, Ziyo Tembo, Kitumbo Didi, Richard Kasonde, Mulenga Augustine, Sakala Saith, Kennedy Musonda, Lokwa Souleyman (Timothy Sakala), Ayubu Ruben (Ernest Sakala)

CAPS United XI v Zanaco

Abbas, Bamusi, Chafa, Chigumba, Chitiyo, Dauda, Jangamo, Musarurwa, Ngozo, Tapiwa, Sibanda, Wilbert

9 Comments to Lacklustre Zanaco beaten by CAPS United at Nkoloma

  1. Chindika Popeye Ng'uni says:

    This zanaco team is not serious

  2. Truth is says:

    Zanaco are not continental material. It’s not a secret anymore

  3. D4 says:

    Do not underrate Zanaco that fast. Numba Mumammba is a proven tactician and he is building a team that will stand against most of these teams. So hold on and watch the space.

  4. Dont Make Haste Judgements, First It Was Afirst Friendly With New Players Lets Wait And See And Judge After Continental Games After All They Will Be Representing Zambia

  5. Big Steve 4rm SA says:

    Sundowns have jetted out of South Africa to Tanzania for two friendlies against Simba and Yanga, is the game against Zanaco still on the cards wonder??

  6. Pink Frog says:

    Is Kennedy Mweene hostly going to spend another season at Sundowns warming the the bench ? Anything up from him

  7. PINK FROG says:

    Can someone assist What the current position of Kennedy Mweene? Will he still warm the bench

  8. Pungwa says:

    Zambia giant club pips India’s JCT to Bageya signature

    17 hours ago
    by David Isabirye

    After a silent war of haggling for intelligent striker Jimmy Bageya between Zambia’s NAPSA Stars F.C and India Premier League outfit, Jagatjit Cotton & Textile (JCT) Mills Football Club, the former has won the battle.


    Jimmy Bageya is fond of running down the opposition defenders with lightening pace and an array of tricks

    Bageya has signed a one-year deal with NAPSA Stars after agreeing a $30,000 sign on fee, $2500 monthly wage and $300 match allowance with a house in Lusaka.

    Last season, NAPSA Stars finished 10th on the 18 team log in the Zambia top flight league with 42 points fetched from 34 games.

    An excited Bageya spoke to Kawowo Sports after return from Hoshiarpur City where JCT F.C is based;

    • Positive thinking says:

      This is interesting. Looks like NAPSA has really opened the cheque book this coming season. I saw that they also signed Signs Chibambo. I wonder who the NAPSA manager is.

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