LUMWANA Radiants Football Club has advised their players to remain strong and focused as they begin the chase for the 2016 MTN/FAZ Super League title.
The Solwezi outfit chairman Nkumbu Sinkolongo said the team was facing a tough task of ensuring they remain in Super Division at all cost.
Sinkolongo advised the team to put behind their last season’s success because they will face bigger teams and tougher opposition this season.
“I know it will not be an easy challenge for a team making a debut appearance in the Super Division. The level of play is different and calls for hard work. The boys just have to be strong, stable and focused to overcome the hurdles,” he said.
He however expressed happiness with the team’s pre-season training and the level of confidence among the players.
He said the players have been pushing hard during training and have made tremendous improvement technically and tactically.
Sinkolongo predicted a tough opening match against defending champions Zesco United on March 12.
“The boys’ level of commitment in the last two months has been inspiring. The boys are calm and ready for the opening match against Zesco. Zesco is an experienced team and the boys just have to fight to the last whistle. They will give us a memorable game,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sinkolongo said it was unfortunate that the team will be starting the season without midfielder Gozan Mutale after he joined Power Dynamos.
“Mutale was among the instrumental players that assisted the team to win promotion to Super Division. He is a determined player and will surely put up a good performance at Power. We will soon announce the new inclusions once contractual agreements are concluded,” he said.