Nkana FC and NAPSA Stars have had nightmare seasons in the Zambia Super League along with underwhelming results in the CAF Confederation Cup and both teams squared off on Wednesday as relegation remains a distinct possibility. The early exchanges indicated perhaps another day of misfortune for Nkana when NAPSA’s Jimmy Mukeya slammed home his 8th goal of the season from close range to put the visitors up inside 15 minutes while Nkana came very close on a couple of occasions.
However, the hosts got it together and a hopeful ball launched into the NAPSA penalty are in the 38th minute found Kenyan international Duke Abuya, who kept his composure to round the keeper and equalize. After halftime an onslaught from Nkana in the first 15 minutes put them up 3-1. Only 30 seconds into the second period Diamond Chikwekwe was sent in alone on goal behind a high NAPSA defensive line and had no problem finding his way around the keeper for an easy finish.
Zimbabwe international forward Takudzwa Chimwemwe stung a long range effort to put Nkana beyond reach in the 59th minute before a late strike from Alex Ngonga made it 4-1. Nkana still have a lot of work to do to climb themselves out of the relegation zone as the win puts them five points behind NAPSA stars and six behind Indeni, who are in the last safe spot.
In the other matches on the day, dynamic playmaker Collins Sikombe tallied his 7th goal of the season to help Lusaka Dynamos to a 0-1 road victory at Kitwe United and now the capital-based side sit in 4th place. Meanwhile, Indeni gave up three goals in the first half to capitulate to Green Eagles including two from Eagles forward Anos Tembo.
SuperSport has a wrap up of the day’s action in the link below that also includes highlights of the victory for Nkana.