NKANA coach Zeddy Saileti says drawing the first league game against Nakambala Leopards felt like losing all three points.
And Nakambala coach Mathews Phiri says it is a very big achievement to get a point after playing a big team like Nkana.
The two coaches were speaking in separate post-match interviews on Saturday at Nkana stadium after the match ended 1-1.
Nakambala dominated the first half and beat Nkana for pace, got into the Nkana box at intervals but goalkeeper Kelvin Malunga justified his national team call up with crucial close range saves.
Striker Walter Bwalya scored with a header to put his team in the lead but missed a penalty to deny his team three points while Lameck Banda equalised for Nakambala.
“It was not a good result if you look at the whole game. I think we started a bit slow; we underrated them. They got confidence and started playing well and it became harder and harder for us because we could not play our own game. We were ball watching, we gave them a lot of space. All the time, we were second on the ball that gave us a very big disadvantage. Playing at home, we have to pick three points but we know what we were supposed to do today. We just have to work hard; drawing at home is more like losing. We will work hard and do better in the next game,” said Saileti.
Phiri said: “We have played well considering that Nkana have match fitness, having played in the charity shield. It is just a beginning, we have to see where we went wrong to concede the goal but it is good to pick a point from a big team like Nkana away from home. The goal keeper keeps improving. It’s a very big achievement.”
Elsewhere, champions Zanaco were held to 1-1 draw at home by Red Arrows; NAPSA Stars started brightly beating Nchanga Rangers 3-1; Green Eagles beat City of Lusaka 1-0; Lumwana Radiants beat Forest Rangers 1-0 while new entrants Real Nakonde and Buildcon drew nil-all.