NKANA coach Zeddy Saileti says a draw against leaders Zesco United is a good result going into the next fixture.
And Zesco coach Zlatko Krmpotic says he is satisfied with a draw although he blamed referees for some decisions against his team.
Nkana and Zesco drew 2-2 in the MTN/FAZ week four encounter at Nkana stadium which was marred by police brutality after an overzealous police officer threw a teargas canister from outside the stadium into the western terraces of the open wing with no prior sign of crowd trouble which choked many fans, including children.
This caused a near stampede as fans thronged the running tracks in search of water to wash their faces with police officers having a tough time to explain why tear gas was thrown inside a peaceful stadium when they were confronted by Nkana Supporters Trust patron Patrick Njovu and chairman David Mensah.
Referee Jani Sikazwe briefly halted the match to allow fans to return to their seats.
On the field of play, Nkana started brightly, pressing the visitors.
Zesco United however drew first blood against the run of play when Sikazwe awarded a penalty after Jesse Were was adjudged to have been fouled inside the box and the Kenyan scored from the spot inside five minutes.
On loan Zanaco striker Dave Daka produced a moment of brilliance on 21 minutes when he turned his markers inside-out and raced goal-wards with his initial shot saved by Kelvin Malunga but recovered to slot in the rebound to make it 2-0 for the visitors.
But Nkana could not give up and produced the best football that saw man-of-the match Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba score a spectacular lob to beat goalkeeper Jacob Banda to reduce the deficit just moments before halftime.
On resumption, it was all Nkana as Zesco was pinned in their own half for most times of the second half until Ronald Chibwe scored the equaliser in the dying minutes to spark celebrations from the home fans.
But there were laughable decisions from the first assistant referee which forced referee Sikazwe to disregard some of his assistants’ decisions, causing uproar from both teams.
“My impression is we did well despite allowing two goals which made it heavy to get full results. Those were easy goals; we should have avoided those goals but this is football. I told the players to believe in themselves and it showed in the second half. We did very well on counter-attack; we should have won this game. A draw playing Zesco is good because Zesco are a good team and they have experienced players,” said Saileti.
And Krmpotic said: “I don’t want to say about the ref[eree] but the first goal for Nkana was clean offside. I don’t want to talk much about this but you will see in the video what has happened. But also, my team, after leading 2-0, may be they were tired but we must clean this mistake for the next game. I am satisfied with one point…Nkana is good team but we will see in the next game.”