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Kalusha defends Roderick Kabwe

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SOCCER Icon Kalusha Bwalya spared a thought for Chipolopolo defender Roderick Kabwe following harsh comments from fans on his performance in the 1 – all draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Chipolopolo underperformed giving up a lead to draw 1 – all against wasteful DRC in the Group F opener at the Laurent Pokau Stadium San Pedro, Ivory Coast.

While most players were off form, not for the first time, defender Roderick Kabwe has been singled out by fans as being one of the weakest links in the team.

However, Kalusha who was a match analyst on Diamond TV offered some words of comfort for the Iraq based defender.

“Rodwell [Roderick] also made some intervention especially at the last you know, he cleared [the ball] when there was a cross and he was found on the right side he played with power and he will be satisfied with the game that he has played,” Kalusha said.

In the match, Zambia took the lead 23rd minute through Kings Kangwa but their noses were only in front for four minutes before the DRC restored parity.

Meanwhile, former Chipolopolo keeper Kennedy Mweene said Zambia needs to up its game in the last two matches.

“I was not happy with the way we defended, anything can happen we were just in front of the goalkeeper.

“When we had chance to counter attack, we did not know how to use the ball, we were not playing close to each other, we were scattered. We came out of that game lucky,”

(Mwebantu, Friday, 19th January, 2024)

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Strugglers Clash: Nkana and Trident in relegation fight

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IT IS said when two elephants clash, it is the grass that surfers. That leaves the question, ‘what suffers when two strugglers clash?’ That question will be answered in the match between Trident and Nkana.

Struggling Nkana have made a trip to Solwezi where they will be hosted by fellow strugglers Trident who until Sunday had never known what if felt like to win a football match.

Given what is at stake for both teams, this game is expected to be the biggest focus of Week 23 in the Super League but we will be quick to mention that there are other interesting fixtures.

Nkana have 23 points, 10 better than bottom placed Trident. A win for the former champions will take them out of the relegation provided Kansanshi Dynamos drop points to Konkola Blades.

What else is there to look out for in the league today?

Well, defending champions Power Dynamos host Green Buffaloes in a game that will be preceded by a match between Forest Rangers and FC MUZA in a lunch time kick off at Arthur Davies Stadium.

Leaders Red Arrows will be at the REIZ Arena, formerly Woodlands Stadium for a date against Perry Mutapa’s Napsa Stars while Nkwazi face Kabwe Warriors at Edwin Imboela Stadium.

Prison Leopards await the visit of Zanaco at President Stadium in Kabwe, while Green Eagles face Zesco United with Konkola Blades facing Kansanshi Dynamos.

Playing tomorrow is Mufulira Wanderers and Mutondo Stars at Shinde Stadium.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd March, 2024)

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‘It’s not necessary to react to fans,’ Bruce Mwape parries criticism

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COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has put up a brave face following criticism that has been directed at him on the team’s performance in the 3 – all draw against Ghana.

Zambia may have qualified to the next round of the Paris Olympic Games qualifiers but many fans were left unimpressed with the team’s performance against Ghana.

The Copper Queens were outrun in midfield while the defence made errors that could have cost the team had Barbra Banda and Kabange Mupopo not put up a good show.

However, the displeasure at the team’s performance has been directed at Mwape with fans calling for his dismissal after spending close to a decade at the helm of the team.

Reacting to suggestions that its time up, Mwape said during the post-match interview yesterday that he is not one who pays much attention to what supporters say.

“Most of the times, it is not necessary to react to the comments from the fans, they are entitled to their opinions,” Mwape said, “me I stick to what I know and I make sure that I do my job accordingly.”

Meanwhile, Mwape conceded that his side was overrun in midfield.

He said he has picked valuable lessons from that game.

“The lesson that we have lent from this game is to defend well and when it comes to defending we need to defend as a team,” he said, “We will look for options before we meet the next opponent,”

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)

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Barbra Banda powers Zambia to next round

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THE Copper Queens are through to the final stage of the Olympic Games Qualifiers after a last minute strike from skipper Babra Banda earned them a 3-all draw against Ghana.

Carrying a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, all Zambia needed to do was to avoid defeat in the second leg but things looked to be going against them until Banda showed up at the last minute.

The game started on a positive note for Zambia when the team was put ahead by Banda in the 11th minute but the Ghanaians leveled the score through Gifty Assifuah in the 21th minute.

Tied at the break, Ghana took initiative in the second half, with Doris Boaduwaa beating Catherine Musonda in the 55th minute to hand the Black Queens the lead.

At this stage, Zambia were out of the tie, but they were handed a lifeline in the 61st minute through veteran striker Kabange Mupopo who beat an offside trap to finish off a pass from Rachael Nachula.

Ghana restored the lead in the 64th minute through Bugre Azumah.

With then game firmly in Ghana’s favour, Zambia were handed a free kick at the death.

Banda took the free kick and drove the ball past the wall and into the net to send the capacity crowd into a frenzy.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)

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