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POOR DEFENCE WORRIES POWER COACH

POWER Dynamos coach Dan Kabwe has complained about his team’s poor defence since the opening of the season.

 

And Lusaka Dynamos coach Patrick Phiri says cohesion has been his team’s biggest problem after they lost their first game of season 1-0 to Forest Rangers.

 

Meanwhile, Buildcon coach Hichan Jadrane says he is getting close to winning his first match in the Zambian league following the 1-1 draw with Power Dynamos on Monday.

 

The coaches were speaking in separate post-match interviews at the Trade Fair grounds in Ndola on Monday after a week four double-header that produced a win and a draw.

 

In the early kick-off, it was apprentice versus master when Perry Mutapa’s Forest beat Dynamos coached by his former boss Phiri.

 

With all the riches available at their disposal, Dynamos have had it tough in the league as most of the players are new and of different nationalities hence failure to find the right balance which the veteran also admitted.

 

This, however, was Phiri’s first loss of the season after recording three draws in the opening game.

 

“It’s taking long but I think 20 minutes in the first half, we did not have composure and the structure and Forest took advantage of that and managed to score. But towards half time, we created a lot of chances but unfortunately we could not break Forest. We need to work on clinical finishing. We are very hopeful, we are building up slowly…,” said Phiri.

 

His opposite number Mutapa said: “[We] are happy with the three points, good game. They had chances, we had chances. And I think to us, it’s a very good motivation for the boys. We are creating chances but finishing…we have to be compact especially in midfield. One of our best strikers [Felix Nyaende] is with Zanaco. We trained with him in pre-season and we were planning all our games around him, but first week of the season, he left us and went to Zanaco, so obviously, it’s difficult to bring in somebody new and start banking on him.”

 

In the other game, Power Dynamos were lucky to come out with a draw after Buildcon’s second goal was questionably ruled offside with the Ndola side leading 1-0 before the Kitwe side were awarded a penalty to level matters which left Kabwe unhappy with his defence.

 

“I don’t know what’s happening with my defence; we seem to be very shaky each time we are attacked but we picked up in the second half. We have to work on that,” said Kabwe.

 

“We have a core team…but there are a few players that we have to change in any given game. We have to work on our defence especially. Buildcon are a good side you saw how they were keeping possession.”

 

And Jadrane said: “Another draw but if you see, my team is very strong, very nice play. In the first half, we could have finished with three goals. We didn’t know how the second half was offside; we will watch it on TV. Am not happy to lose points today but I am near to winning my first game.”

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