Kabwe reflects on his Zanaco return

Kabwe reflects on his Zanaco return
Roderick Kabwe

by Staff Reporter

Monday Dec 20, 2021. 17:00

Chipolopolo Zambia midfielder Roderick Kabwe says he is quickly adopting back to FAZ Super League football since rejoining Zanaco a month ago.


Kabwe rejoined Zanaco at the start of November as a free agent after leaving demoted South Africa club Black Leopards in August.


The midfielder returns almost five years after he left the seven-time Zambian champions to join South Africa PSL side Ajax Cape Town.


“The Zambian league has always been tough and on coming back home, well, home is home,” Kabwe told SuperSport.


“I am trying to settle down back into the team and I am doing the best that I can do, to help them.”


Kabwe has been a regular since his return and his cross on Sunday was instrumental in Zanaco earning a 1-1 home draw against defending champions Zesco United.


Zanaco defender Christopher Zulu pounced to score on the rebound in the 30th minute after Kabwe’s effort was parried into his path by Zesco goalkeeper Ian Otieno.


But Zesco sneaked in the equaliser in the 41st minute via a Samson Mkandawire free-kick.


The result did little for Zanaco’s cause and saw them pick up two draws, a win and a defeat in their first four games of their six-match backlog.


“It (the draw) is a blow for us. We wanted the three points looking at where we are on the table,” Kabwe said.


“If we had three points, we would have moved up on the table and unfortunately we got a draw. We just have to pick ourselves up in the next game to get the three points.”


The 2020/2021 FAZ Super League runners-up are 12th on 19 points from fifteen games played and are facing the real prospect of missing out on 2022 ABSA Cup qualification in their remaining two games in hand.


Zanaco will also head into 2022 battling a war on two fronts apart from their push to reach the FAZ Super League top five in the second half of the season.


They are now Zambia’s lone club to qualify for continental league phase action when they kick off their 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup group stage campaign this February.


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