NKWAZI Football Club have signed the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winning defender Hichani Himoonde in an undisclosed deal.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, coach Elijah Chikwanda confirmed that Himoonde was now a Nkwazi player but without elaborating.
“Himoonde is not just training with us but he is our player. We signed him and he will feature in the team. We will see more of him this season,” he said.
He said Himoonde would be an instrumental player to the team as they aim for a top two finish this 2016 MTN/ FAZ Super Division season.
“Himoonde is a good defender and experienced. He knows what to do at a particular time and able to handle pressure. I believe he will add that needed level of experience to the team. Experience is vital to the success of the team. I am happy with his fitness level. He is fitting well in the team,” he said.
He advised Himoonde to maintain discipline and work harder to return to his old impressive play.
Himoonde was in November spotted training with Nkwazi after his return from South Africa.
Himoode struggled for a first team place at South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns since joining the side in 2014 from TP Mazembe of DR Congo.
Himoonde and Chipolopolo defender Stophilla Sunzu were a deadly combination at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which saw Zambia lift her first continental trophy.
Meanwhile, Nkwazi drew 1-all with Green Buffaloes in a pre-season defense/security wing tournament which kicked off yesterday at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium.
Nkwazi opened the score in the 67th minute through Justine Shonga’s header from inside the box. However, five minutes later, Friday Samu equalized for Green Buffaloes through a shot from outside the box.
Commenting on Nkwazi’s performance, Chikwanda expressed happiness with the performance of the new inclusions.
“I think we played well coming from an off-season period. The new players showed good level of fitness and I am sure this tournament will help to fully bake them ahead of the season. The new players who were on loan at other clubs last season are blending well. I think we are heading in the right direction,” he said.
And Green Buffaloes assistant coach Noel Mwandila said Nkwazi gave his side a good run as they prepare for the season.
“It was a good game; Nkwazi has always given us a tough encounter. This is good for preparation as the season opens next month. All the players are doing well and determined to end the season in the top two slot. This tournament ends on Sunday, so we still have a chance to assess the players especially the new inclusions,” he said.