It was a bad day at the office…As Fathi defends his players after loss to Buildcon
Napsa Stars boss Muhammad Fathi believes that the 2-0 scoreline in their loss to Buildcon on Wednesday does not reflect the performance of his team who he felt played very well and conceded from mistakes.
Former Lusaka Dynamos duo of Conlyde Luchanga and Mwansa Nsofwa scored a goal each to help Buildcon to a 2-0 win over CAF Confederation Cup-bound Pensioners in a rescheduled week four 2020 MTN/FAZ Super League encounter.
Apart from Napsa losing to Buildcon, Green Eagles were edged by Prison Leopards while Nkana was thrashed 5-0 by Green Buffaloes but the Egyptian-born feels it’s mostly because the teams in continental football tend to focus more on those engagements than the league.
“First half we played very well, we tried to push more in the attack line but it did not work for us, The first goal was a scramble, We tried to cover so we opened up at the back and conceded the second goal it was bad at the office. For me, the result does not reflect the performance of the players today,” he said.
“I think most of the teams when they qualify for continental all their focus goes to that, you can see Nkana and Eagles lost while Forest drew. Our next game is away in Comoros Islands, there is too much pressure on them we can take advantage and start winning from there,” he added.
Fathi is happy with his defense but is very concerned with his strike force. Fathi has also revealed that the departure of Collins Sikombe will affect the team but he is confident they will figure it out.
” Our defense was very good until we made that mistake. We dominated the ball possession,” he said.
“Yes Tapson is not around, Bornwell got injured after 15 minutes, When tried to come with Mushili, Laudit is coming from sickness we tried to push him, Andrew just arrived and Yuka is just coming up, so the strike force is a question mark for us but we will manage and the midfield the departure of Collins Sikombe will affect us a little bit I can’t deny but we will find a way to manage our game.”
” We will Psych our players, We travel with a clear mind and focus on two wins and qualify to the next round that’s our target. The league is still open we have 30 more games to go, 90 more points to go,” he added
Next up for Fathi and his men is a trip to the Comoros Islands to face Ngazi Sport in the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup on 27th November.
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