Lwandamina laments Zesco’s defeat to Kotoko

George Lwandamina
George Lwandamina

Zesco United coach George Lwandamina admit their defensive mistakes robbed them of an opportunity to collect their first-ever points in Ghana after Wednesday night’s 2-1 away loss to Asante Kotoko.

Kotoko beat ten-man Zesco 2-1 in Kumasi to see Zambian clubs winless away record in Ghana extended to eight games with just one draw recorded there by Nkana.

“It was a very good game, very tight game, we came into this game to rewrite history but unfortunately we created chances that we couldn’t utilize,” Lwandamina said.

Two defensive errors with the first by Clement Mwape in the 9th minute gifted Kwame Bonsu the opener and in the 25th minute Anthony Akumu failed to clear the ball that Emmanuel Gyamfi pounced on to score the second goal.

In-between, Jesse Were saw his penalty saved but the man who replaced him in the 65th minute Rahim Osumanu scored the consolation goal eight minutes later.

“We made mistakes and our colleagues capitalized on them hence they carried the day otherwise it were a worthwhile game to watch,” Lwandamina said.

“If we were lucky and scored the chances we had, we would have won the game away from home. We just made silly mistakes at the back that they capitalized on.”

But Zesco will be without defensive midfielder Kondwani Mtonga for the next Group C home game against Al Hilal on February 24 after he was sent off in stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Zesco continue to lead Group C only on goal difference with all four teams on 3 points.

Al Hilal, Kotoko and Nkana are second, third and fourth respectively.


    • Reporting nayo! So mediocre!
      after he was sent off in stoppage time
      Sent off for doing what? I want to know because I didn’t watch the game.

  1. Zesco too casual players should show fire in them same old disease with chipolopolo only 4 to 5 are live the rest sluggish

  2. I heard some Zambians calling a radio station yesterday and insisting Zesco played well.Please there is nothing like we played well. Stop that nolsense. We need results. All games must be assessed from results, the game in Ghana was a failure. What we played well

  3. Even the Nkana game in Kitwe was not good. Shocked that Nkana can’t hit a proper free kick out of the plenty free kicks they were given in vantage positions, it was all wastage, as for corners as well, totally inefficient. With that play displayed at Nkana Stadium, truth be told, you need to improve, you barely survived

  4. Police IG says police who battered PF cadres in Sesheke will be fired. But when are we having a comment on what will happen to Police who killed Mapenzi Chibulo and Vespers. Because PF cadres are involved now, the man must open his mouth

  5. Mr Lwandamina at times you need to be on the touch line and remind your players about the instructions you had given them in the dressing room, as most of the players tend to forget during play time, especially when they are under intense pressure. With you just sitting on the bench and eating your finger nails, whilst your boys under pressure doesn’t help much – you need to move with the game and be involved throughout if you want good results.

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