NKANA stand-in coach Manfred Chabinga has described the 1-0 win over Lusaka Dynamos as a relief after a four-match winless streak.
The match seemed to be heading for another disappointing result that have recently characterised Nkana Stadium until substitute Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba scored with a powerful volley with five minutes left to spark wild jubilations among fans.
Chabinga said after the match that he told his players to be patient in attack.
“I must thank the boys, they worked hard from the start. If you look at Lusaka Dynamos, they were pumping long balls to their target man Chris Mugalu and I told the boys just to be patient looking at Lusaka Dynamos, the players look old,” Chabinga said.
He said he told his players that they could not continue losing points when there were a lot of international players in the team.
“We were just looking for half a chance whoever is brought in, once they get a chance must utilise it. Sate got one and he had to make use of it. It’s a relief. This is what we were telling the boys that come on guys we have so many international players we cannot be failing to get points with international players in the team, so let’s get something,” said Chabinga.
The win lifted Nkana into fifth position on the table with 11 points after seven games.
In other games played on Independence Day, ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers free-fall continued as they lost 2-0 to Zesco United.
Red Arrows beat Kansanshi Dynamos 2-1, Buildcon beat Lumwana Radiants 1-0 while Nkwazi lost 1-0 to Napsa Stars.