Young Buffaloes is beatable, Tenant Chembo hopeful of Eswatini turnaround
Zambia’s CAF Confederation Cup envoys Buildcon Football Club head coach Tenant Chembo is confident that his side will overturn the result when the two teams meet in the return leg after suffering a one-nil defeat in Ndola.
Chembo believes his team played well despite losing by a lone goal.
“Overall performance I thought the guys did well, although in the first half we went to bed, we gave them too much respect instead of applying ourselves very well. I think this (Young Buffaloes) is a beatable team,” Chembo said.
Chembo, who is fondly referred to as TC pointed to lack of experience as a factor that contributed to his team’s defeat on Saturday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. Chembo further said that the players picked up some vital lessons from the first leg match.
“Second half was evident that we can do better, otherwise, it’s a learning curve from our players point of view,” Chembo said.
Buildcon conceded in the first half of the encounter and failed to stage a comeback. Chembo said his players failed to convert clear cut chances which would have changed the course of the match.
“There is life at the end of the tunnel. We had three good opportunities that we would have put away had it not been for a little bit of selfishness (by the players). We can do it,” revealed Chembo.
The former Zesco United coach praised his side for the fight they put up in the encounter in their debut continental match stressing that they players were getting the necessary experience to compete in the Confederation Cup.
“I am not worried about the overall performance, looking at how we played in the first half we gave them too much room to play, not wanting to play and the second half we lacked that experience. In a game like that when you get those chances you have to put them away,”
Team Kopala will play Young Buffaloes away in Eswatini in the second leg match on 24th August, 2019 and will need to overturn the first leg defeat suffered in Ndola on Saturday.
Team captain Moses Phiri feels that his side is capable of scoring two goals away but noted that it will be an uphill battle against Young Buffaloes at their backyard.
“I think we lost the game in the first half, we gave them room and if we pick up the way we finished in the second, I think we can have two or three goals in Eswatini,” Phiri said.
Team Kopala is one of Zambia’s representatives in the 2019/20 CAF Confederation Cup with seven time Zambian Super League champions Zanaco Football Club given a bye in the preliminary rounds of the competition.
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