ZESCO United coach Mumamba Numba has regretted his team’s inconsistent form in a season they should be defending the title they won last season.
On Wednesday, Zesco had a chance to reduce the gap between them and leaders Green Buffaloes to six points but failed having lost 2-1 to Red Arrows.
Arrows went in front through an own goal from Adrian Chama in the 22nd minute after deflecting a Yusuf Phiri shot before doubling the lead in the 24th minute through Ricky Banda.
In the 58th minute, Zesco managed to draw one back but it was not enough to earn the defending champions a win.
“We conceded two silly goals in the first half. After the pep talk at half time we saw an improvement from the team and we dominated the entire second half.
“It is unfortunate that we did not get the maximum points. We didn’t start the game well…we just did not get the goals that could get us a point or three points,” Numba said
The loss is Zesco’s fourth of the season seeing them drop to fifth on the log with 24 points.
The win for Arrows shows the improvement that the team has made following a slow start to the season.
This was their five straight win with coach Chisi Mbewe calling for more of the same.
“We are motivated having come from continental football where we were playing football at the highest level. When we came here, We knew Zesco plays good football and I am happy that we played according to the plan. This is a sweet victory,” Mbewe said.
In Slowezi, Zanaco failed to beat Kansanshi Dynamos after playing to a 1-all draw.
Moose Phiri scored the opener for the Bankers but Bruce Musakanya was on hand to help Kansanshi share the spoils after scoring a penalty.