I have been in charge for a month, but I have received positive feedback from the players. Some key players have left and I will have to make do with the existing ones. Naturally, we have to improve what we have and I must say that I’m happy with the defensive level of the team against a team like TP Mazembe.
There is no reason why we can’t retain the CAF Champions League.
Chikatara (Chisom) is a good player and during training in the week he showed so much quality and progress. It is my choice to field a particular player or the other.
The team should have to be strengthened if we want to win climb up and retain the CAF Champions League. Each team has one big or two players, who can make a difference in a game. But if I don’t have such a player(s), I will make do with what I have and will try to improve on their abilities.
Mihayo Kazembe (Head Coach, TP Mazembe)
We had a tactics in place and we were following it, not that we were defensive. We wanted to attack on the counter whenever we had the ball. Unfortunately, all the balls we recovered, we were not quick and couldn’t take advantage the few times we had possession.
For the goal, I thought there was no foul because the player fell without any contact from my point of view. However, the decision rest with the referee and we have to respect that. That is not to make excuses. I congratulate the player who scored from the free-kick.
I must admit that we were not at our level today. We missed the services of some key players and we were punished for that.