FIVE days before the CAF Confederation Cup tie against Tunisian side Sfaxien, Nkana midfield genius Harrison Chisala has been ruled out of action for four weeks with a knee injury. The Under-23 midfielder, who has been a focal point weapon in Nkana’s attacking midfield role, was stretchered off in last week’s game against Circuit City and later diagnosed with a cracked patella on his right knee.
He has since been put in a Plaster of Paris. Nkana chief executive officer Charles Chakatazya confirmed the development in an interview. Chakatazya however said captain Walter Bwalya who has missed Nkana’s last two games nursing a knock would return to training today.
“Yes, Harrison [Chisala] is out for four weeks, he has crack on the knee, he is actually in PoP. Walter is likely to return tomorrow [today],” Chakatazya said.
He said there was no cause for panic as the remaining players were fit.
“Otherwise preparations are going on well; the coaches have all the players fit and available. The team will be ready and prepared for the assignment.”
Meanwhile, Chakatazya said Sfaxien arrives in the country on a private flight.
“Their advance party arrives in the country tomorrow [today] but the whole team will arrive later on a private plane,” said Chakatazya.
Nkana will be bidding to reach the semi-finals of a CAF competition for the first time since 1994 when they reached the last four of the CAF Champions League, losing to Zamalek.