Simukonda slams strikers Cup defeat

24 November 2013 11:16 AM

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Simukonda slams strikers Cup defeat

Nchanga Rangers coach Fighton Simukonda has slammed his strikers’ performance in the 2013 Barclays Cup final loss to Red Arrows.

Nchanga squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1 to Arrows on Saturday in the Barclays Cup final played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

The losing sides’ lone goal came from a defensive midfielder when Martin Daka capitalised on a poor clearance by defender Jimmy Chisenga to slot in the ball in the 53rd minute.

Nchanga striker Bornwell Mwape failed to threaten goalkeeper Ken Mumba throughout the game and spent most of the game playing deep.

His strike partner Alex Ngonga’s long range efforts and free kicks too did little to rattle the Arrows goalkeeper.

“We lost the game in the last 45 minutes we did not do very well. Even upfront we did not shoot a lot,”Simukonda said.

“We were shy at the goal. How do you expect to win a game when you are shy at the goal?”

Mwape and Ngonga’s performance was a shadow of the 13 and 8 goals they have scored respectively in the just ended season on Nchanga path to finishing third this season.

Meanwhile, Nchanga’s failure to win the Barclays Cup leaves them without a first prize Cup pay cheque dating back to 1978.


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