Zlatko Krmpotic says he will not rush the Burundi duo after they
impressed for Zesco United in Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Napsa
Stars at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Goalkeeper Dieudonne Ntibahezwa and midfielder Enock Sabamukama
both started a against Napsa while the latter was substituted late
in the match.
Ntibahezwa and Sabamukama joined Zesco in July from Burundi club Le
Messager Ngozi whom Zega eliminated in the first round of the 2017
CAF Confederation Cup.
“It is too early to say but I have given my thoughts about this
player (Sabamukama) and he is a good player.We know his qualities but
we have to wait,” Krmpotic said.
“Even the goalkeeper, he has have to work hard but they have a big
future at the club.”
This was Sabumukama’s second match after making his debut as a
substitute in Wednesday’s 1-0 home loss against Nkana.
Ntibahezwa jumped straight into the starting XI on his debut on
Sunday after taking the place of captain and first choice Jacob Banda
who was dropped for the match.
“We must give a chance to the other five goalkeepers,” Krmpotic warned.
“We must have competition in the team and this is very important.”
Meanwhile,Krmpotic said he was delighted to see Zesco bounce back to
the top of the table after Nkana ended their brief stay there last
“I think this win is very important for us,” Krmpotic said.
“We were not that lucky in the last game against Nkana.We missed a
penalty and then we had that big mistake from 45 meters that led to
“I am now satisfied and I am confident that Zesco are now ready to
get another three points in the next match.”
Zesco lead the table on 44 points,one more than 2nd placed Green Buffaloes.
The two sides meet in the next match this weekend in Lusaka to
decide the leader in Week 25 .
The first leg meeting in May finished 2-2 in Ndola.