A SERIAL and proven winner, Wedson Nyirenda knows that sometimes only miracles can deliver victory for a team.
This is what he is counting on going into the August 21 Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield match between his side, Lusaka Dynamos, and league champions Zesco United. Nyirenda, who led Dynamos to the ABSA Cup victory last season against Zesco, does not think his team is ready for the Charity Shield, never mind the league campaign.
He told Sports Mail that his charges are neither physically nor mentally prepared for the traditional curtain-raiser to the season on August 21.
Nyirenda said his players, who have not trained for four weeks, will go into this match unprepared as they have not yet started their pre-season matches due to administrative issues. He does not think the remaining two weeks are adequate to prepare a team even if the players decided to show up for training today.
“Football today is different as it’s more scientific as opposed to the one we saw in the olden days,” the former national team coach said.
“Players need to be physically and mentally prepared for six weeks for such matches and the league, but we have so far lost four weeks.