NEWLY appointed Nkana coach is oozing with confidence, claiming joining the Kitwe side was not a risk on his part because he has what it takes to even coach struggling Manchester United in the English Premier League.
It appears Bakala is already eyeing Erik Ten Hag’s job at Old Trafford even before he takes charge of his first match at the helm of Nkana.
The former Chipolopolo midfielder was handed a three–year contract at Nkana Stadium and promised to surprise his doubters.
Nkana has the most volatile supporters who go to great lengths in expressing their passion for the club. History has it that the fans can sometimes express their displeasure in unconventional ways.
However, Bakala said he is not intimidated.
“It is not about the supporters, supporters will always be there. There is no team that has no supporters I think that is the motivation I have to hear those supporters. I am very strong it is not a risk, it is normal as a coach, even if today they call me to go and coach Manchester, I will go.
“For me, as a coach, I am ready for anything even if today they say coach the national team I will coach it so it is not about the supporters. Supporters have to support the team; it is about me,” he said.
Bakala has surprised many by leaving Forest to join basement club Nkana, who have no points from the first three games of the season.
“Some people may think it is a big challenge but for me, I know my work. I will do my best and people will be surprised the name Nkana is a big team even players have to work up to achieve what I want and that will happen,” he said.
Bakala’s first five matches in charge of Nkana will see him play MUZA, Forest, Trident, Mufulira Wanderers, and Napsa Stars.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 6th September, 2023)
Zambia Consolidates Top Spot At Africa Netball Cup
ZAMBIA has consolidated their place at the top of the table in the Africa Netball Cup after beating hosts Botswana 53-43 in their third game of the tournament.
The win was Zambia’s third straight victory having already seen off eSwatini and Namibia.
The team now has six points, two better than second placed Zimbabwe.
Zambia remains on course to qualify for the final play-off after the group stage is done.
The tournament is made up of six teams, playing each other in a round robin format. After the group stage, the top two teams will play in a final to determine the champions.
Zambia’s next opponent is Zimbabwe in what has been dubbed as the battle of the Zambezi.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
‘We are prepared to get three points,’ Forest coach Mwenya Chipepo eyes win against Power Dynamos
FOREST Rangers coach Mwenya Chipepo has said his side is prepared to collect three points against former employers Power Dynamos when the two teams meet at the weekend.
Chipepo who recently joined Forest from Power finds himself facing his former bosses, although it is unclear if he will sit on the bench as his clearance has not yet been issued.
Last week, Chipepo sat in the stands for what would have been his first game for Forest Rangers when they played to a 1 – all draw against Konkola Blades in Chililabomwe.
Looking to this weekend’s encounter, Chipepo has said his charges are prepared.
“We are going to play Power Dynamos,” Chipepo said, “they have good players at the moment they are playing very well but if I look at the way we have prepared here, we are prepared to get three points against Power Dynamos.”
Power and Forest are separated by six points. The Kitwe side sits sixth with 21 points.
Chipepo who guided Power to the title last season said he has a fairly good understanding of how his former side plays.
“I know the way they play, I know the type of players who are there and we have planned very well for them,” he said.
On the emotion of playing his former team, Chipepo said, “I just have to control myself they are still my family and I have come to make another family here so it is just a matter of playing a game and make ourselves happy.”
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
Chipolopolo’s global rating drops
CHIPOLOPOLO have dropped three places on the latest FIFA World ranking, moving from 81st to 84th in the World.
Every month, world football governing body FIFA publishes an updated ranking taking into account FIFA-recognised games that have been played during the course of the previous month.
Zambia’s loss to lowly rated Niger last month could have been the reason the team has dropped three places on the world ladder.
Last month, Zambia beat Congo Brazzaville 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium before going on to lose 2-1 to Niger.
The team has also dropped on the African continent, moving from 17th to 18th while Morocco has maintained its place at the top.
Meanwhile, 2022 FIFA World Cup winners Argentina who have topped the global list since April have maintained their place at the summit.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)