SAMUEL ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu is immortal, he has not died, says Zesco United coach George Lwandamina after his team lost to Nkana in the Charity Shield final named after the late great Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu.
Ndhlovu is deemed to be the best local coach Zambia has ever produced.
And Ndhlovu’s widow, Esther has passionately thanked Andrew Kamanga’s FAZ executive committee for recognising her, 19 years after her husband’s death.
This year’s traditional league opener, apart from serving some of the best football from the two teams provided, the biggest spectacle as Esther was presented to the fans and received the winners’ medal for her husband’s unmatched contribution to football both as player and coach.
Lwandamina, who was the last one of his generation to work with the late Ndhlovu, said upon seeing Esther that it was a job well-done for FAZ to bring the widow to the stadium to be guest at a cup named after her late husband.
“He was such a good man, a great man and seeing the wife here brings old good memories. She is a mother to me, we were neighbours in Mufulira and I would like to thank FAZ for the idea to honour him by bringing his wife here,” Lwandamina said. “Mind you ba Zoom is immortal, he has not died.”
On the game, Lwandamina said the game was tough but reckoned that he had made changes to the team to give chance to other players especially that the two teams are meeting again on Sunday in the CAF Confederation cup.
And Esther said going to a football match in almost two decades after her husband’s demise invoked old memories of his work in football.
“It’s very nice to be here and meet the likes of Mr Lwandamina who was like his child. I have many other friends of his, it’s very, very nice for me to be here and be honoured. I really thank ba FAZ for remembering me and bring me here, God bless them,” said Esther.
Meanwhile, victorious Nkana assistant coach Manfred Chabinga said winning the Charity Shield back-to-back against the same opponent was not easy especially that both teams would be involved in the CAF assignment next weekend.
Chabinga like Lwandamina said his technical bench would plan for the next international assignment after resting a couple of regular players.
Zesco United scored in the 2nd minute through Maybin Kalengo who capitalised on a defensive blunder which seemed like Nkana was losing the title back to Zesco from whom they wrestled it away last year.
However, Nkana hit man Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba equalised in the 46th minute to take the match to penalties which Nkana won 5-4 after Misheck Chaila’s tame penalty shot was saved by goalkeeper kelvin Malunga./MC/LM