ZESCO United players are tired and have been on top of the Super League long enough, says Lusaka Dynamos head coach Patrick Phiri. And Phiri has charged that he is disappointed with Janny Sikazwe’s officiating for disallowing two of his team’s goals during the FAZ/MTN provisional league week 8 rescheduled match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
He said his players were yearning for victory while Zesco was not putting in their best.
“Losing the lead, of course, is disappointing but in the game you do good things but we were more determined and we were the better team. Players are hungry to taste success. Zesco have been at the top for many years, you could see they are tired, they are coming from the tournament they were beaten, they are good players, fantastic organisation but us are coming from the bush and we want to taste success, the players are hungry and they gave 100 per cent while the players for Zesco gave up 70 per cent,” Phiri said.
He said his team definitely made mistakes.
“In football, there are good things and bad things. The bad things are that we scored and we allowed to lose the lead twice but there were two times when we scored when it was not off side. We could have scored four goals. This is the biggest disappointment because I was very sure those two times were not off sides. They were clear cut goals, I am very disappointed with the officiating of Mr Sikazwe,” he said.
Phiri further said getting a draw against Zesco was motivating to his club.
“We were playing away from home, obviously it gives us a lot of motivation to see us play against the best team, the way we played. We took them to the wire and the game was going our way had we played anywhere else,” Phiri said.
Asked how he felt failing to pick maximum points and taking the lead, Phiri said; “We can’t cry over spilt milk, it is still within our means to get to the top again. We will capitalise on the opportunity so that we get to the top again.”