NATIONAL team player Daniel Gunda has said Zambia were outsmarted in the 36–12 hammering by Kenya during a Victoria Rugby Cup match played at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala.
After being taught a lesson in the 30–8 defeat to hosts Uganda, Zambia were looking to stage an upset against Kenya but things did not go to plan as the East Africans took charge of the game from the word go.
Kenya were 7 – 0 leaders in the opening exchanges, thanks to a try by Ephraim Oduor and Jone Kubu’s conversion.
Sensing danger, Zambia sought to keep guard at the back, but Kenya continued on the offensive, and it was not before long that they doubled the lead to 14–0.
Joel Inzuga gifted his nation a try before Kubu doubled his conversion to set Zambia on the path of an expected defeat.
Kenya’s third try was scored by Paul Mutsamis, while Zambia got their consolation when they scored two penalties to take the score to 19-6 in favour of the former.
“We had a game plan,” Gunda said, “[but] they outsmarted us we are looking forward to playing them again for a rematch.”
After the break, made the score a bit respectable when they scored a penalty but Kenya stretched their lead when Jone Kubu scored another try.
Kenya vice-captain Brian Wahinya described the match as tough.
“It was a tough game, challenging, we thank Zambia for a powerful game they were very physical,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 2nd November, 2023)
‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka
LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.
Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.
In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.
Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.
“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”
Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.
“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
CAF Awards: Barbra Banda makes the cut, Copper Queens misses out
IN BITTERSWEET news for Zambian football, striker Barbra Banda has been named among the finalists for the prestigious CAF Women’s Player of the Year award, but the Copper Queens have missed out on the final three for the National Team of the Year accolade.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has released the final nominees for various categories of the 2023 Awards that have been set for the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Monday.
There is a mixture of good and bad news for Zambia in that Banda has made it on the final three for the player of the year award in the women’s category but there was no place for the Copper Queens in the national team of the year category.
The Copper Queens had been in the race to be named the national team of the year, having made the initial top five nominee list but have since failed to make the cut for the final three.
The team has fallen off alongside Senegal, leaving the stage for Morocco, Nigeria and African champions South Africa.
On the bright side of things, Banda could be named the player of the year in the women’s category but she has to fend off competition from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)
Zambia are Netball Champions
ZAMBIA have lifted the Africa Netball Cup in Botswana after defeating Namibia 57-55 in a tightly contested final.
The team has been impressive over the course of the tournament but appeared to meet their match in the final.
Zambia took a first quarter lead, but by the time the game was reaching half time the teams were tied at 23-23.
Namibia then controlled the game in the third quarter and managed to record a 35-33 lead.
Zambia did not give up, stretching the game into extra time when they tied 43-43 at full time.
In the end, the team managed the game and ran home 57-55 winners to be crowned champions.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 6th December, 2023)