NKANA visit Napsa Stars today in a rescheduled Week 11 fixture at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka seeking a confidence-boosting result as their top two Stream ‘B’ hopes dim. The Kitwe giants are stuck in seventh position on 19 points from fourteen matches with two games in hand and sit thirteen points behind leaders Green Eagles. Nkana are another ten points adrift of second positioned Buildcon as the race for championship playoff spot and continental qualification enters the final stretch.
Furthermore, Nkana head into the game on the back of four successive draws since they beat demoted FC MUZA 2-1 at home in Kitwe on April 27.
“Chances are out of our hands but all that we need to do now is maintain our status in the league and finish on a good note in Stream B. We haven’t done well in the last four games for the team and the players,” Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi said.
In addition, Nkana’s woes continue on the injury front as they head to Lusaka. Defenders Musa Mohammed and Ben Banh, midfielder Jacob Ngulube including striker Festus Mbewe have joined Nkana’s growing casualty list that includes forwards Walter Bwalya, Fred Tshimenga and Harrison Chisala. But despite their problems, Nkana enjoy a seven-game unbeaten run against Napsa dating back to October 2015 when the Lusaka side beat them 1-0 away in Kitwe. Nkana actually beat Napsa 3-1 in Kitwe in February and another win will see Chambeshi’s side join the fifth placed side on 22 points. And the pressure is also on Napsa coach Mohammed Fathy who comes into the match after failing to beat Nkana’s out-of-sorts neighbours Power Dynamos following 1-1 draw last Saturday at Woodlands.
“We have to focus on the Nkana game on Wednesday but we must win out last three games also and see what happens,” said Fathy.