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We’ve to protect the lead – Bilton

GREEN Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda says his team has to work on maintaining the lead whenever they score first.

And Zanaco FC coach Mumamba Numba says he is happy that his boys managed to get a draw against Buffaloes FC.

The coaches were speaking after a week 7 Group A MTN/FAZ Provisional League fixture played at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday.

Bilton, who was in charge of the Army sponsored side for the first time after being recalled to the team after a streak of bad results, said he was however happy with the performance of his team.

“It was not easy for us. A plus goes to the players because they have put in 100 per cent and I think in today’s game, they played as a team. They kept on helping each other, that is why we have collected a point which is not bad,” Bilton said.

“Football is all about circumstances, maybe we lost concentration in one or two areas but all in all we have seen what we wanted to see. It’s unfortunate that we were leading but gave away the lead. It’s something that we should work on, if you start leading in this transitional league, you need to keep that lead and go with a win because a draw is not a very good advantage to us.”

He added that he was targeting finishing in the top four and play continental football next year.

His opposite, Numba, said Buffaloes managed to get a goal and end the game at 1-1 because his team snoozed.

“The performance of the team was okay. We dominated the game but we lost concentration and conceded that goal. There was a lapse in concentration that is how Buffaloes managed to get that goal. Otherwise the overall performance of the team was very good,” Numba said.

“Off course, whenever you are dropping points then it will affect your objective but getting a draw against buffaloes is good enough. We have shared one point apiece which is a good result on our part, a loss would have been a very big setback on our part.”

 

The game kicked off minutes after a mild downpour and the players had to adapt to the slippery tuff that saw them fail to make accurate passes.

Despite the draw, Zanaco have maintained their lead in the group with one point ahead of second placed Kabwe Warriors and Buffaloes remain seventh on the log.

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