ABSA Cup defending Champions, NAPSA Stars succumbed to a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday at the hands of rejuvenated Chambishi FC at the National Heroes Stadium.
The loss is the Pensioners third defeat in a row and head coach Perry Mutapa believes the team is playing well despite the recent poor form.
Mutapa feels his side’s only undoing is failing to convert their chances and conceding what he termed as silly goals.
“Yes, third loss in a row, It’s unlike NAPSA Stars to lose three games and concede two goals in each game. Performance wise we are playing well and creating good chances, so it’s just putting the ball in the net,” Mutapa said.
“I think the only reason we haven’t won is that we are missing chances. We just have to push on and we will get there.
“We did not expect this. We thought we would be in a good position but that has not happened. I think we are losing because we are allowing silly goals, maybe because our rest defense is not in order we need to communicate more.”
“When we have chances we need to bury them. In today’s game in the first 15 minutes we had about three clear cut chances even in the dying minutes we had a lot of chances , we just need to be clinical at goal, we will get there,” he added.
Meanwhile Chambishi FC stand-in coach Lewingtone Mujembe is confident that Chambishi’s bad patch is now over and they have turned a new leaf.
“It was a tough game. We did not expect to have an easy game, especially since they were coming from a loss. We knew it would be war,” he said.
“We were not playing badly in the past, it was just a bad patch. It’s just now time that we have passed the bad stage and are now getting results.”
“Nothing much has changed, just the attitude of players and the motivation. We reap the points we were supposed to get in the past,” he added.
Andy Boyeli netted a brace to guide Chambishi to the well deserved 2-1 win while Augustine Mulenga scored a consolation goal for NAPSA.