ACTING Nkana head coach Manfred Chabinga says he was not surprised that his team ended Red Arrows’ seven games unbeaten run in spectacular fashion because they prepared hard.
And Arrows coach Chisi Mbewe said Nkana were ruthless on the day.
Nkana probably had the best of the season dominating the early pacesetters, who are now second on the log, by putting three goals past them.
Chipolopolo midfielder Kelvin Mubanga opened the scoring with a sublime free kick with just five minutes in the game.
Kenya international defender Harun Shakava scored his first goal since joining Nkana with a powerful header 12 minutes later from a Laison Thole corner.
It could have been three goals two minutes later but Ronald Kampamba’s goal was ruled offside.
However, Kampamba scored the third goal with a pinpoint header two minutes into the second half to put the game beyond Arrows’ reach after connecting from a Mubanga clever move.
“This result is not a surprise, I told you we can end their unbeaten run. We prepared very well for Red Arrows, the boys played so well, it’s good to play like that for 90 minutes. Arrows is not a small team, it was tough but I am happy with the way the boys turned up today, everyone worked,” said Chabinga whose team moved to fourth on the log.
And a dejected Mbewe said: “Nkana were ruthless, aggressive from the start and it affected how we wanted to play. But what is important is how we rise up after this defeat.”
Nkana’s neighbours Power Dynamos were in huge relief with their coach Gaston Mutobo after they beat Forest Rangers 1-0 in Ndola.
Leaders Zesco United made a huge statement in their title defence bid after they walloped Lusaka Dynamos 4-1 to remain the only unbeaten team in the league so far and extended their lead at the top of the table to 21 points.
Lumwana Radiants management must be patting themselves on the back for their timely hiring of legendary coach Patrick Phiri as they recorded a second successive win when they came from behind to beat Kabwe Warriors 3-1 away from home.
Buildcon lost 1-0 to visiting NAPSA Stars, Green Buffaloes rallied to beat KYSA 2-1 while Nkwazi drew nil-all with troubled Mufulira Wanderers.