NKANA FC president Everisto Kabila says his team is ready to take on both Africa and Zambian soccer stage in 2019. And striker Idris Mbombo has been voted the club’s player of year for his outstanding performances in 2018. Meanwhile, Mopani Copper Mines chief financial officer John Chiwele says the mining giant will continue its sponsorship of sports in its areas of operation. Kabila was speaking during the awards gala night held at Nkana Stadium on Saturday where he announced the new acquisitions and spelt out the investment plans that aligns the club to the new club licensing rules.
He also announced that the club has completed revising the constitution to conform with the FAZ constitution.
Kabila said the club has steadily been moving up the football ladder going by the results recorded in the last three seasons.
“With the aforesaid, I can proudly state that we are ready to take on both the African and Zambian soccer stage and our priorities and mission for 2019 are as follows; our eyes are set on reaching the group stage of the 2018/2019 CAF Champions League. It is our intention that from the group stage, Nkana should go all the way in the competition. Moreover, this is the challenge our main sponsor Mopani would like us to take on and now as club president, I am throwing it to the team,” Kabila said.
“…on the local front, we have also set our targets for 2019 very high. Our mission for 2019 is to defend the Charity Shield, Barclays Cup and most importantly, bring home the FAZ/MTN Super League crown here where it belongs. We all know that this is the home of the FAZ Super Division title pa chilata, epela!”
He congratulated Young Nkana Football Academy for qualifying to the FAZ Division Two league next year. And Mbombo, who is the overall league and club top scorer, was named player of the year.
The player has since left the club for Al Hilal FC of Sudan. Rising star Harrison Chisala bagged the Young Player of the Year as well as the Most Improved Player’s awardas. Fans player of the year award went to Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba. The most consistent player award went to Jacob Ngulube while Ghanaian Richard Ocran won the most disciplined award. The president’s award went to goalkeeper Allan Chibwe with Kenyan Mohammed Musa scooping the patron’s award. The CEO’s award went to captain Walter Bwalya who was also presented with a K200,000 cheque to be shared among the players. Meanwhile, Chiwele – who is also the club patron – urged the club to work hard to repay the faith the sponsors have placed in it.
“I wish to reassure you that Mopani Copper Mines will continue with its support for corporate social responsibility programmes in our community. These programmes include support to Nkana Football Club, Mufulira Wanderers and other sporting clubs in our communities. We are proud as a company to be associated with the development of sport in Zambia,” said Chiwele.