NKANA coach Beston Chambeshi says his team’s 2-1 Charity Shield semi-final win over Zanaco is good preparation for Tuesday’s CAF Confederation Cup against CR Belouizdad.
Nkana on Thursday came from behind to beat the ‘bankers’ in the first semi-final of the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield played at Nkoloma Stadium.
Zanaco scored just seven minutes into the match through Chavda Maisha but the Kitwe outfit rallied to score in the second half through Festus Mbewe and Idris Mbombo to make it to the finals.
Speaking in post match comments, Chambeshi said the game gave both teams insight into what they needed to work on ahead of their respective midweek CAF games.
Zanaco will be hosting Swazi side Mbabane Swallows in the pre-group stage of the CAF Champions League.
“It was a good game for both teams at least. I am happy with endurance the boys exhibited. It has given both teams insights on what we should work on going into CAF games. It was a good game involving two good teams,” said Chambeshi.
Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba said he was happy with the result because his team played well despite losing.
He however said the changes he made were aimed at giving some players match fitness.
“We don’t have a B side. We have alternative players. Each position has two players so we gave chance to players that did not play in Gambia so that they can have match fitness because we need them in future games,” Numba said. “Nkana is a good side, it’s not a team to underrate so we wish them well so that they represent us well. It is good for us and for them to do well.”
Numba said that his team would work on defending setpieces because that was the weakest area observed in the match.