By Frank Lupupa

FORMER Zesco United coach George Lwandamina has praised the team for winning the 2016 Barclays Cup, saying they deserve to be champions.

Zesco last Saturday won Zambia’s only cup competition after defeating rivals Zanaco 1-0 at Heroes Stadium.

Lwandamina, who left Zesco early last month to join Tanzanian giants Young Africans Football Club (Yanga), led Zesco to the Barclays Cup final as well as the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League prior to his departure.

In an interview from Dar-es-Salaam, Lwandamina wished his former team well going forward.

“They fought for it and they deserve to be champions. I will just wish them the best,” Lwandamina said.

Stand-in coach Tenant Chembo had eulogised his predecessor after the Barclays triumph, expressing gratitude to the work the veteran trainer did at Zesco.

“I am grateful to him [Chembo], he is a gentleman,” said Lwandamina in response.

Asked about his impressions on his new team, Lwandamina said it was too early to tell as he had only held two training sessions so far.

Chembo’s biggest task in the post-Lwandamina era will be to qualify Zesco back into the CAF interclub competitions next year with three league games left to play.


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