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‘We can win each match’, says Frankie Musonda

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CHIPOLOPOLO defender Frankie Musonda believes Zambia can win each of the three Group games at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Musonda has joined camp in Saudi Arabia as Avram Grant continues to fine-tune the team ahead of their first AfCON game in eight years.

Zambia is in Group F and faces opposition from Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Tanzania’s Taifa Stars.

Musonda said in an interview that he is not under any illusion that it will be an easy tournament but the team has what it takes to stand toe-to-toe against the best.

“It is an exciting group, there will be tough opponents, that is why we all qualified, everyone is a good team, and everyone knows what they are doing. These games will be tough.

“Each game, we all think we can win, so I am very excited, and I just have to concentrate,” Musonda said.

Musonda is making a return from injury having missed out on Zambia’s last two competitive matches in the World Cup qualifiers.

Zambia will face DRC on January 17.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 5th January, 2024)

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Arrows, Mighty play to Virgin draw, Nkana held by Forest

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RED Arrows and Mufulira Wanderers played to a barren draw at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka in a Super League Week 22 match.

It appears Wanderers exhausted all their bullets in the 5-0 win over Zanaco last week, firing blanks against Leaders Arrows.

In other matches played today, Green Buffaloes beat Konkola Blades 4-2 while Nkwazi played to a 1-all draw against Kansanshi Dynamos in Solwezi.

The Kabwe derby between Kabwe Warriors and Prison Leopards ended goalless same as the match between Zanaco and Napsa Stars.

Nkana welcomed their fans back to Nkana Stadium with a 1-all stalemate against Forest Rangers.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th February, 2024)

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‘We are not Zanaco,’ Red Arrows coach reminds Mufulira Wanderers ahead of clash

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RED Arrows coach Chisi Mbewe says his team is not under pressure to face free scoring Mufulira Wanderers in today’s Week 22 Super League fixture.

It is Super League weekend once again and top of the bill encounter today will be leaders Red Arrows at home to Mufulira Wanderers who are coming from a 5-0 win over Zanaco last weekend.

Yesterday, Mbewe said his side is not under any pressure.

“We are not under pressure, we know what we want and our focus is on the goals and targets for this season,” Mbewe said.

He reminded Wanderers that Arrows are not Zanaco.

“We are not Zanaco,. What will be different will be the approach to the game. It wont be an easy game but the boys are ready,” Mbewe said.

In other matches, Nkana are at home to Forest Rangers in a match they will be welcoming their fans back to the Stadium while Green Buffaloes face Konkola Blades at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka.

Zanaco will be looking to recover from the 5-0 loss to Wanderers when they face Napsa Stars while MUZA play Green Eagles in Mazabuka.

Kansanshi Dynamos take on Nkwazi.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th February, 2024)

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‘We could have beaten Zambia 4-1’ Ghana coach regrets missed chances

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GHANA coach Nora Hauptle has regretted her team’s 1 – 0 loss to Zambia saying the Black Queens should have beaten the Copper Queens 4-1 had they utilized their chances.

Rachael Kundananji scored the only goal of the game at the Accra Sports Stadium to give Zambia an advantage going into the second leg at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Wednesday.

Hauptle however feels her team was the better side and could have easily won the game by a comfortable margin had they not been goal shy.

“We had a pretty well start to the game, Ghana played well today [yesterday] they were showing that we were able to play good football. We missed a little bit deep play in the final third.

“In the second half we adapted, we thought we needed to bring in one more striker and it worked…we started to created chances, normally we should win this game 3-1, or 4-1 because chances were there,” Hauptle said.

She said her team’s performance was positive and they will build on it in the second leg.

Meanwhile, Copper Queens coach Bruce Mwape described the game as tough.

“It was a tough game, both teams were fighting for one thing. This is the first leg but we have the second leg in Zambia, we created sure chances in the first half but only managed to get as goal. The idea was to finish the game in the first half.

“Ghana gave us a tough time in the second half but we managed to contain them until the final whistle,” Mwape said.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th February, 2024)

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