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Losing to Nkana not a setback – Phiri

LUMWANA Radiants coach Patrick Phiri says losing to a big team like Nkana is not a setback as his team will recover.

The veteran trainer suffered his first loss in three games since he took over at Lumwana losing 2-0 to his former club Nkana courtesy of an Idris Mbombo brace at Independence Stadium in Solwezi.

Phiri has greatly improved his Lumwana side after a stuttering start under Chewe Mulenga who failed to win a single match.

They have since won the first two games under Phiri’s charge with some of the best football on display.

“We need to improve on the finishing, we played better but they made it difficult for us to score. Nkana is a big team so obviously, they are better. Setback? No! Nkana is a big team,” said Phiri while pledging to bounce back in the next fixture.

And standing-in Nkana coach Manfred Chabinga said expectations from supporters are very high and urged his players to continue with the hard work.

He said denying a possession-based side a final pass into the final third was key for his team.

“We denied them the final pass to their strikers, that’s why they didn’t create that scoring chance. We shouldn’t relax just because we are collecting points away from home. Nkana is a big team and expectations are high that’s why even us coaches know that we have to give our supporters results,” said Chabinga.

In other weekend results, leaders Zesco United drew nil-all with Green Eagles, Power Dynamos beat Nakambala Leopards 2-0, Lusaka Dynamos beat KYSA 3-0, Red Arrows beat Nkwazi 1-0, NAPSA Stars beat Zanaco 3-2, Green Buffaloes beat Kabwe Warriors 1-0, Forest Rangers beat Mufulira Wanderers 2-1 while Kansanshi Dynamos drew 1-1 with Buildcon.

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