CHITIYO EXPLAINS ‘MISS’

27 March 2017

Ronald Chitiyo

WARRIORS midfielder Ronald Chitiyo believes he should have done better when he created the best chance of the day for the team at National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Chitiyo left his man for dead on the right side before unleashing the ball to force Zambian goalie Kennedy Mweene to make a great save.

The international friendly match ended goalless.

“I wanted to put the ball at the far post but I didn’t see that the keeper had covered.

So in the end it was very easy for him to push the ball out of play for a corner kick. It was a chance that could have given us a winner,” said Chitiyo.

The CAPS United star said their greatest disadvantage was that they had very few days to prepare with a new coach Norman Mapeza.

“The game was very tough for us especially considering that we had only prepared for two days.

“I think because of that, we played very well,” he said.

The Warriors were comfortable in the first half but in the second half they started to make hurried efforts as they tried to get the winner.

Zambia took advantage of that desperation to control the game, with the small crowd that watched the match showing disapproval.

“The plan was to make sure that we keep possession and having good movement. We changed slightly but the whole idea was to make sure we had the ball and I think to an extent we managed to do so even though we did not create enough chances for us to win the game.

“Their advantage I’m sure is that they know each other well. Their coach knows the team well but as for us, we had only worked with our coach for two days before the game. So we did well.

“I will do my best to get another chance again. Everyone wants to play for the national team,” said Chitiyo.