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May 2023

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A busy, busy month of May but look at that! We only conceded 2 goals and the draw at home to SC Bafata means we're 2 points clear at the top of the table! What a turn around this could become!

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3 players have joined us in the mid-season window.

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June & July 2023

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That was quite the break in play but 2 more very key wins and despite the loss we sit 1 points clear of SC Bafata with 2 games left, and 2nd is guaranteed now! :D 

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End of Season 2023

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League and Cup double! I would not have expected this mid-way through the season! I am definitely leaving Guinea Bissau on a high! Hopefully with my reputation growing ever so slightly I can now get a job in one of the top 15 leagues, or even top 20.

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Key Players:

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Congrats on the Double

But not going to have a crack at the Champions League?

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14 minutes ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Congrats on the Double

But not going to have a crack at the Champions League?

Not this time, not feeling like a short campaign in the CL with this side.

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Zanaco FC is a Zambian football club based in Lusaka that plays in the MTN/FAZ Super Division. They play their home games at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka.Zanaco Football Club was formed in 1978 as a social team by management trainees of Zambia National Commercial Bank. The team was launched at LOTUS INN in Lusaka. The founding members were Lloyd Choongo, Ben Banda, Nathan Lupupa and John Kasengele. Starting from the 1980s, Zanaco started growing steadily from a mere social club to becoming one of the most successful and decorated club in Zambian football history. Over the years the Sunset Stadium-based team has won 7 Super League trophies, 4 Charity Shields, 1 Coca-Cola Cup, 1 Mosi Cup and 3 BP Cups. Zanaco are the only team outside of Zambia's Copperbelt Province to have not only won but also defended the Super League Trophy!

Zanaco stands for Zambia National Commercial Bank.

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Lusaka.

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More reasonable temperatures!

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We have a decent squad, we have better facilities and we have a very young squad. I can see myself being here for a while.

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If you traveled to Zambia by road it would be quite the trip!

Phiri looks good :D 

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13 minutes ago, TurtleNick said:

Great choice! At least you're finally getting paid decent money (compared to before).

Rolling in money! :D

10 minutes ago, adamdfry said:

If you traveled to Zambia by road it would be quite the trip!

Phiri looks good :D 

We would have to go through 11 or 12 countries I think. And he does..but :(

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2 hours ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

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Shake, shake, shake!

Shake, shake, shake!

Shake Djibouti, Shake Djibouti! :cool:

34 minutes ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

 

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A Sensational move!

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2024 Pre-Season

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A short pre-season and now we have a long season ahead of us.

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We lost Aubrey :( The plus side is that the league has no player restrictions.

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8 minutes ago, DodgeeD said:

Shake, shake, shake!

Shake, shake, shake!

Shake Djibouti, Shake Djibouti! :cool:

A Sensational move!

I had another offer from Patronage Sainte-Anne in Congo, I think I made the right choice :D 

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March 2024

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A great start! We narrowly lost to Green Buffaloes in the final of the Charity Shield and they're also the only team above us in the league, they also haven't conceded at all.

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5 more join us, with Kenedid coming from my home country of Djibouti!

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April 2024

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2 disappointing losses against mid-table sides but we're only behind Red Arrows on goal difference but both Zesco and Green Buffaloes could overtake us with their game in hand.

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May 2024

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2 draws against our direct competition but the rest of the months were nice wins and we sit just a point off of Zesco who have someone who's scored 20 goals already!!

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June 2024

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Just the 2 games in June and a disappointing draw against 12th placed Nakambala Leopards sees us 3 points behind Zesco and behind Green Buffaloes on goal difference.

 

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July 2024

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Well I think we can wave goodbye to any title hopes as we drew against 2 of the bottom 3 in what was a very dull month.

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I think the DoF might want us to play a 4-2-3-1 with these signings.

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August 2024

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4 wins from 4 including a mental win away to Nchanga Rangers where we were winning 5-3 at half-time! We're still 12 points behind Zesco who are going to run away with the title again.

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2024 Youth Candidates

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I'll be here for a few seasons unless a big interview comes my way so here's the best players from the intake.

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September 2024

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Another straightforward month where we're pretty much the 3rd best team in the country, we're also against Lusaka Dynamos in the Semi Final of the cup.

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Claude's a new signing and was offered by his agent and he could easily be the best midfielder here.

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October 2024

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A surprise win over Zesco but we lose out in the cup and 2 draws in the league.

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2 more transfers, since I'm not using the player search I just looked at the other clients that Claude's agent had and these 2 wanted to join us with reasonable wage demands :D 

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You're doing great Makoto, maybe you can have a crack at the African Champions league in the upcoming seasons with Zanaco

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Excellent read as always. 

Can you describe the role of the DoF and the HOYD regarding transfers and contract handling? What exactly is left for you to do?

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End of Season 2024

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3 wins from 3 and we very much solidify 3rd! 14 points clear of Red Arrows and 11 points behind Zesco, there's quite a gap between the strength of teams here!

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Key Players:

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9 minutes ago, maxtothemax said:

You're doing great Makoto, maybe you can have a crack at the African Champions league in the upcoming seasons with Zanaco

That's the plan!

5 minutes ago, vossmaj said:

Excellent read as always. 

Can you describe the role of the DoF and the HOYD regarding transfers and contract handling? What exactly is left for you to do?

All I do is finalise the signings, if I don't think a person they've tried to sign is good enough or if they've way overpaid for him then I'll cancel the transfer, I also set the scouting assignments as well as now looking at the agents who are coming to me. (I mainly press continue though)

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Love this journeyman idea. I'm not doing a journeyman but am managing in a poor league in Africa in Seychelles. I went with one of the teams expected to finish near the bottom and i'm finding it ridiculously difficult to pick up a win when your players and the players available to sign are that bad

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On 30/06/2017 at 21:37, Pompeyboyz said:

Chulu looks like he could play now, why is he not up in the first team?

Because even though he has potential, he's the 8th best striker at the club currently.

On 30/06/2017 at 23:01, Benjoe said:

Holy... you're firing through here, @Makoto Nakamura!

Good to see some succes and a great move to Zambia!

Glad to be able to play again, hopefully we can get closer to dominating Zambia eventually.

6 hours ago, ryanlion28 said:

Love this journeyman idea. I'm not doing a journeyman but am managing in a poor league in Africa in Seychelles. I went with one of the teams expected to finish near the bottom and i'm finding it ridiculously difficult to pick up a win when your players and the players available to sign are that bad

Seychelles aren't exactly a hotbed of talent! :D Some of the best players in the league have excellent names though:

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Pre-Season 2025

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We'll be aiming for 2nd which hopefully will give us continental football after a straightforward pre-season.

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A lot in and a lot out but at least we made a bit of spare change.

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God some of these names! :D 

 

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4 hours ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

Because even though he has potential, he's the 8th best striker at the club currently.

Glad to be able to play again, hopefully we can get closer to dominating Zambia eventually.

Seychelles aren't exactly a hotbed of talent! :D Some of the best players in the league have excellent names though:

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I thought I saw Job confidence, had to scroll back

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My computer completely ballsed up last night, but this is why we have auto-saves, I'm only back to February 10th. :) 

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March 2025

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We lost against Zesco in the Charity Shield but managed to draw against them in arguably the hardest game of the season so I'm very please with that, we also destroyed Ndola Utd :D

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4 players leave, 3 come in.

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April 2025

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A lot worse, how we only managed a draw aganst 17th placed Mufulira Wanderers I have no idea. Zesco are unstoppable.

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May 2025

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Just the loss to the Red Arrows which was disappointing, and we really should have done better against Nkana. Brandon was on fire this month with 9 goals!

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July 2025

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June was the summer break and 3 wins from 3 in July puts us 7 points behind Zesci...who now have a GD of +50. 

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3 in.

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And Zesco like what they see with our players.

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September 2025

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6 games left and it's safe to say Zesco have won. Easily. Just the defeat to Power Dynamos which puts them just 3 points behind us. 

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End of Season 2025

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We lose out in the cup final but since it was against Zesco it does mean that we will be in the Confederation Cup next season :D 

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A season where I have to upload the goal of the season, it's a screamer!

 

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Key Players:

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34 minutes ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

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Well we're not going through.

Ouch. Tough draw.

Might be a bridesmaid again, but you've moved from being the second to the first bridesmaid at least.

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Pre-Season 2026

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We did a lot better than I thought in the Confederation Cup losing 6-2 on aggregate, at least we aren't from Mauritius.

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That happened.

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So 2nd again? The Zesco job actually became available and I applied, and I had an interview, but instead they hired someone with an 18% win rate in his 32 game managerial career.

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Really high hopes for Sebastien so he'll probably be here for 6 months,

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7 minutes ago, Benjoe said:

Ouch. Tough draw.

Might be a bridesmaid again, but you've moved from being the second to the first bridesmaid at least.

It was, but we weren't too embarrassing, and yes I guess we should look at the positives here :D

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March 2026

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Another Charity Shield Final loss but the league has been straightforward 3 games in, scoring 16 and conceding 6.

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1 more player brought in on a free transfer before the window shut.

Edited by Makoto Nakamura

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April 2026

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Oh Zesco, what could have been! Some big wins and we even beat Zesco, away from home! We sit 5 points clear of surprise 2nd placed Kabwe Warriors and 9 points clear of Zesco!

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