George Lwandamina says Zesco United is taking positives from Saturday’s 2016 CAF Champions League semifinal elimination to build on their continental benchmarks set in 2016 for the 2017 campaign.

Zesco lost 2-0 away to Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night to bow out 3-2 on aggregate.

It was the furthest a Zambian club had advanced in the CAF Champions League since the group stage was introduced in 1997.

“We gained so much experience along the way and I am sure the boys have grown and hopefully we will be able to retain the league back home so that we can compete again because we have set a mark and we have to do better than what we have done this year ” Zesco coach George Lwandamina said.

“It has been a good war, we have done so well and the bookmakers didn’t give us any chances.”

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  1. Yes Chicken. I hop one of the lessons you learnt especially in the semi final game is to know how to read the game. I’m the first encounter, you should have known when to stop attacking and protect the 2 nil lead. I’m the return leg,there was a moment when Sundowns was tired right in the first half n you couldn’t rally the boys to punish them at that moment. Congratulations for the job well done. ZESCO IS OUR NATIONAL TEAM (TIMU YA ZIKO)

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  2. If you work for zesco or let me put it this way…to the people in charge of soccer at Zesco (administrators) George is not serious neither are the players . soccer is serious business if Zesco have reached the finals they would have had a chance to play in the world clubs games . honestly speaking management at zesco must look for a foreign coach…Georges ability to read the game are very minimal.
    Thank you

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    • typical Zaambian.you can’t even appreciate what the team tried to do.Wish you all the best ZESCO in all your games at home

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  3. Watching the game reminded me of another failed coach called George Mungwa. ZESCO played the same game from 0-0 through trailing 0-1 to 0-2 even when they could see it wasn’t working. No change of tactics. Mungwa’s stint with Zambia was similarly always on one track, no versatility. The second goal was offside but Zesco created no chances so Sundowns just needed one goal.

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  4. @Bola yapa Zed I am in agreement. I think it happened in South Africa with George Mungwa.
    If I can add my observations, ZESCO lost the game before they even kicked the ball. Starting with the Zambian commentator who was agreeing that Sundowns will win the game but ZESCO will score and go through.
    The Coach is always seated on the bench and does not inspire confidence in the players. His SA counterpart was always moving and shouting orders. The coach only knows route one, which begs the question whether these Zambian coaches go for refresher courses. Lost in the semi- final, he says they have done so well. Coach, you were 90 minutes from the Finals, you failed at the last hurdle.

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  5. GEORGE IS NOT A GOOD COACH BECAUSE HE FAILS TO READ A GAME. MOTSIMANE HAD A GAME PLAN FOR THE RETURN LEG WHILE CHICKEN GEORGE HAD NONE HENCE IT WAS BLUNDER AFTER BLUNDER, AND HENCE THE LOSS WHEN THEY JUST NEEDED A DRAW TO QUALIFY! MOTSIMANE SIMPLY SHUT OUT JESSIE WERE AND CHAMA AND IT WAS FINISHED FOR ZESCO. JACKSON MWANZA WAS NOT A FACTOR AS HE IS NOT A TEAM PLAYER. 2-0 AND DREAM SHATTERED!

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  6. I couldn’t agree more to your comments gentlemen! I have always said that if you want to succeed be able to have a game plan and read the game of your opponents so you strategize. This was not there from coach and imagine a spectator like me reading the game that Chama is not inform and so was Ching’angu on the day but coach is not interested to find out what is happening to a player. Were was slipping all over the pitch, did he have spare boots to ware? There was Mbombo on the bench who was eager to play but you wait until 20 minutes to go. Mtonga and Chaila were not coordinating well in the middle I don’t know if instructions where passed. This is what you look at when they are playing but our coach I don’t know whether he saw that.

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  7. Some times coaches learn to listen to what others say! its true on the media you will have mixed information but there are some facts that you can glean on because what people say in what they have seen. Read the mood of people so it helps to strategize your efforts. This can happen even during the game spectators can shout out instructions, “remove this or that player he is not playing well” you ignore that…..sure you will suffer the consequences.

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  8. Zambian you are just wasting your time, Lwandamina is not a good coach, look what the chipolopolo team performed, he is a coach who does not win away games why? he believes much in juju no wonder is not standing on the bench. Zesco has money let them have foreigner coach who can deliver. when the MTN league finished , zesco dont waste time retire LWANDAMINA.

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