3 April 2017

HOW MINE gaffer Kelvin Kaindu says he will not judge his team by their opening loss.

Chikurupati tasted a 1-0 defeat at the hands of ZPC Kariba on Saturday at Nyamhunga Stadium.

Daniel Chakupe’s goal doomed How Mine in the 51st minute.

After an embarrassing 2016 season, How Mine coach Kaindu had declared that his team will do better this season but the ghost seems to be haunting him.

How Mine ended last season on ninth position despite having invested a lot in bringing new players to the side.

Speaking to H-Metro during preseason the Zambian national said the embarrassment of last year should not be repeated.

“We were very disappointed with our performance last year. We did not perform very well and as a team we do not want to repeat the same mistake.

“This year we really want to compete and maybe we are going to surprise everyone,” he said.

However, after Saturday’s slump, Kaindu said he was not going to judge the season with their performance.

Kaindu was the first ever coach for the gold miners to finish a season since the team broke into the elite in 2013.

“It’s one of those performances whereby you can’t judge anyone. It’s the first match and obviously we wanted to win. We conceded a soft goal and failed to score. Competitions are about winning. We played very well, dominated from the onset but failed to get the goal.

“We should do better and I believe these guys will work on their shortcomings. However, at some point our game was disturbed by the turf. It was difficult to express ourselves but it’s one of those things. We now need to concentrate on our next assignment. This is just the beginning of the games,” he said.

How Mine host Tsholotsho in their next assignment.