NKANA coach Zeddy Saileti says it is a huge relief that his team beat Napsa Stars on Sunday following pressure that was mounting from fans.
And suspended striker Walter Bwalya says it is very painful that he is going to miss Nkana’s game against bitter rivals Zesco United this Saturday.
The influential striker who won last year’s golden boot was slapped with a three match ban after he was judged to have pushed referee Wellington Kaoma in the Charity Shield final against Zesco.
Bwalya ripped Zesco in Nkana’s only win over the Ndola side last year, a match his team won 3-2.
The two teams meet this weekend in the MTN/FAZ week four match which will be Bwalya’s last game on the sidelines.
“It’s very painful for me to miss this game, I always want to be involved in Zesco, Power Dynamos and Zanaco games. Every player wants to play in such high profile games, but I trust my colleagues will do the job. It’s just that missing the game is personally very painful. I would have loved to be involved but I am very confident that my colleagues will deliver,” Bwalya said in an interview.
He said he was glad that the team finally managed to win a game without him after failing to do so in the first two league fixtures.
You see that win is a game changer, NAPSA is a very strong side but the guys showed why we are called a team. I was very happy with the win; we will build on that. I am particularly happy that we proved that we are not a one-man team, I missed the game yes but that is life. I will be back soon,
said Bwalya whose first assignment on return would be against Green Buffaloes away in Lusaka next weekend.
And Saileti said the win against NAPSA came as a huge relief.
“It’s a huge relief. You know pressure was building and I gave credit to my players for withstanding the pressure to win away from home,” said Saileti.