Locomotive Madala’s football team played like the Zambia under_20 to beat Barclays bank 2-0 in a tough game played before a capacity crowd at Kitwe playing fields [KPF] on Saturday.
After a goal less first half locomotive came back with a new approach to the game and started playing short passes and accurate skills which left the bankers defence torn apart. Striker sililo made sure locomotive carried the day when he scored an ice breaker from 30 yards 15 minutes into the second half.
Barclays tried to hit back five minutes later as they launched several attacks on locomotive defensive formation but goal keeper Kabwe kapambwe who stood in for injured Eddon Tailashi had other ideas when he dramatically parried their shorts away. Both teams made changes mid way into the second half with locomotive introducing skipper Chanda shilkaputo and Abel moonga upfront while the bankers reshuffled its defence which showed some cracks.
Attacking midfielder for CBU loco Maximillan Mainza who featured with the likes of Toshiba and mitsubishi in japan during him PhD stint caused havoc in the bankers defence each time he was in possession of the ball as he tried to show case what type of playing he brought from the diaspora [fast track football]. Coach player Rodrick Ng’andu scored the second goal for locomotive in the 78th minutes after collecting a loose ball from winger chimuka milandu at 90 degrees angle leaving Barclays Bank goal keeper looted on the ground like a bank cashier who is not sure whether his day’s balancing will meet his superiors expectations to leave the score board 2-0 at full time.
And speaking during a post-match interviews Barclays Bank team manager Abdul shuffie attributed his side’s lose due to a tight work load as most senior players were working on Saturday but promised to upset the tables during a rematch on a date to be advised. But locomotive coach Ng’andu said his Lads played well due to good preparations prior to the game. Ng’andu who is FAZ MTN premier league referee said his focus now will be to rebuild locomotive.
He said he was impressed with the membership especially from the academicians. We are urging all well-wishers to come on board and assist us materially and financially. We are also calling other sports disciplines to join locomotive in promoting sports recreation at our institution for a better health. The Barclays bank vs. Locomotive game was a build up for the main game which was a rugby union of Zambia league match between KPF spoilers vs. police outfit Nkwazi from Lusaka.
BY ROBINSON ZIMBA