Kaindu picks positives from Nkana loss… Hints on lack of depth in the team
Zambia’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, Nkana suffered their second group stage loss as they handed a 2-0 defeat by Moroccan outfit, Raja Casablanca at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday.
Nkana head coach Kelvin Kaindu however believes his side defended much better than they did in the first game despite the defeat.
“I think despite the loss we slightly improved the way we defended, I think in the past three games we have been allowing goals in the first five minutes but today we managed to hold on for 45 minutes but it’s unfortunate in the way that we allowed both goals all from our own mistakes and the opponents capitalized,” Kaindu told the ZamFoot Crew.
Nkana has now failed to pick up a single point from a possible six and Kaindu is alive to the fact that the road to qualification to the quarter-finals is now more difficult than before.
Nkana were without Congolese forward Fred Tshimenga and defender Kelvin Moyo but Kaindu felt the available players accounted well for themselves.
“Losing two games now makes our job very difficult honestly though the race is still on if we had managed to pick points I think we would have had an advantage but I think losing again at home puts us in a very difficult position. Four more games to play, this is football and anything can happen but it could have been a bit comfortable if we had managed to beat our opponents today but it makes it very difficult for us to probably bounce back,” he said.
”Honestly, for me, I believe in what is available whatever is available has been given the task as much as they were absent today Tshimenga got injured during training, Moyo I think he’s got some malaria and his out sick but I think the young Moses Nyondo came in and also Richard today played much better. He was out in the pyramid game because of suspension but I think he was a bit outstanding today it’s just unfortunate that we allowed a mistake where we lost possession and caused the penalty in the first few minutes after halftime that put us a bit under pressure but all in all we looked a bit stable today with the way we defended.”
“For the first time we worked well, after the pyramid game we have been working on how to defend, I think we saw a bit of some improvement, going forward it has never been a problem second half I think it’s just that Raja where tactically higher than us technically higher than us and that’s how you saw them defending well, we had more chances I think in the second half. We had more chances in the 18yard area we saw the goalkeeper making some saves it’s unfortunate at the end of the day, what we needed was a victory but we have lost,” he added.
Kaindu also went on to reveal that he does not have enough depth in his squad but was also quick to heap praise on how organized the north African teams are.
“I think if you look at the squad that we have I think first of all we don’t have depth and I think we have been using almost the same players that are playing both in the Confederation Cup and in the league and also we are lacking experience for us to play in the confederation, probably if you saw both goals that we gave away, we were in possession and maybe just the poor technique to manage and control the ball, Raja, with the experience that they have they capitalized on that and they managed to take the two goals,” he said.
“If you look at their organization and set up I think honestly there are far ahead of us look at them there can manage to charter a plane to come and play, for us, we travel three days you have to spend 7hours at the Airport I think it affects us, and they have got the character they have got the ability they have got the finances they have got everything to compete in this league, for you to play in the confederation cup I think you need enough depth and if you look at the squad We have we don’t have enough depth and you can see the disadvantages,” he added.
Raja Casablanca got their first goal in the 47th minute thanks to a Sofiane Rahimi spot-kick before Sadoui sealed the victory late in the game.
elsewhere, group leaders Egyptian side Pyramids FC continued their fine form with a 2-nil away win over Tanzanian side Namungo.
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