Wednesday Dec 22, 2021. 16:00
Green Eagles coach Aggrey Chiyangi has acknowledged his teams’ stealth rise to number two at the half-way point of the 2021/2022 FAZ Super League campaign.
The 2019 season FAZ Super League runners-up cemented second spot almost unnoticed after reaching the mid-way point of the season on the back of a ten-match unbeaten run stretching back to mid-October.
Eagles have 28 points and sit two points behind leaders Green Buffaloes after seventeen matches played.
“The only disappointing thing about this was we didn’t perform well in our first seven-eight games,” Chiyangi said.
Eagles managed just one win and three draws in their first seven games of the 2021/2022 season before embarking on their current unbeaten spell in which period they won six matches.
“If only we had picked up points in the first four-five games, it was going to make a very big difference,” Chiyangi said.
“But overall, the good thing is we have finished very positively in the last games of the first round which is good for the team.”
But Chiyangi disclosed that Eagles would only take a very brief Christmas holiday before returning to training for the remainder of the three week, mid-season break.
Eagles are battling to make amends for finishing 5th last term after three successive top four finishes.
“We will be entering a phase where there will be nothing like recovery and you just have to ensure that you win your games now in order to maintain a better position,”Chiyangi said.
Eagles closed the first half of the season on December 19 with a 1-1 away draw against Forest Rangers at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
It is from Ndola in the first week of January 2022 where Eagles will again resume the race for a top four finish when they visit Buildcon who beat them 2-1 at home in Choma on the opening day of the season on September 11.