It’s a hard knock life for players

2018-11-22 06:00
Leopards F.C(in green tshirts) played a one-all-draw againstv Mthata United at the Zamdela Stadium in Lusaka last Sunday. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Leopards F.C(in green tshirts) played a one-all-draw againstv Mthata United at the Zamdela Stadium in Lusaka last Sunday. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Mthata United FC coach Nqaba Qamata cited fatigue for his player’s lacklustre performance during their clash with Leopards FC at the Zamdela Stadium in Lusaka last Sunday.

They settled for a 1-1 draw.

United, which is based in the Nyanga hostel, were gifted an own goal in the first half of the game, although Leopards went on to equalize in the second half.

“I think fatigue has an impact on our game because we had a tough game yesterday (Saturday) ... We would have wrapped up the game in the first half, if we didn’t mess with our chances,” said Qamata.

He said his squad was shaky as some of his influential players did not play on the day of the match.

“It’s the festive season, some people are enjoying themselves and fail to come to the grounds(for a match). Today we had a 15 year old player playing with seniors and he performed well.

He is old enough to play competitive football and that is how we develop them by giving them chances to play,” said Qamata.

Leopards coach Andrews Zibonda blamed his striking force, saying they were not sharp enough in front of the goals.

“We have a good team but our strikers can be disappointing at times. They failed to convert clear goals. We have a good build up from the back, but our strikers failed us,” said Zibonda.

He confessed that it was a tough game for them as his players always lost ball.

Qamata added that local teams have a challenge with training grounds as they are not fit for purpose.

“We practise along the N2 highway, which is way too dangerous for the players,” he concluded.

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