George Lwandamina has described Sunday’s Week 12 draw against Zesco United’s title contenders Zanaco as a fair result.
Zesco and Zanaco played out to a thrilling 1-1 contest at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola to maintain the status quo in the FAZ Super Division top three.
The 25th meeting between the two sides since Zesco were promoted twelve years ago, pitted the 2015 champions against Zanaco, who finished runners-up last term.
“Although it was a tough match we would have come out the best of the two teams,” Lwandamina said.
“We created a number of scoring chances but we just couldn’t put them away.”
Zanaco were fortunate to leave with an least a point thanks mainly to their inspired second choice goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata who shut out attempts by John Chingandu in the first half before making crucial saves to deny Idris Mbombo and Maybin Mwaba after the break.
Moreover, Zesco came from behind after Isaac Chansa put Zanaco ahead in the 19th minute before a tireless Nsabata was finally reached in the 36th minute by defender Kondwani Mtonga.
And for a second successive home game for Zesco, a goalkeeper won the man of the match award after Lusaka Tigers’ Bob Kasua ensured they finished 0-0 on May 15 at Levy.
“We are making goalkeepers heroes so even today’s (Sundays) game, the goalkeeper has become the man of the match. That is the most unfortunate part,” Lwandamina said.
“However, it is a fair result, Zanaco is not a small team.”
Zesco dominate Zanaco with eleven wins and six draws from 25 meetings since they were promoted in 2004 with the latter picking up just three away victories in Ndola.
Zesco and Zanaco are now 22 and 21 points respectively while Nkana lead the log on 26 points at the end of round 12.