MOSES Mapulanga is a Zambia under-20 2011 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) gold winning goalkeeper who was expected to walk into the Kalampa first 11 after joining from Nakambala Leopards at the start of the season.
But hirtherto unknown Kelvin Malunga stole a match on Mapulanga.
Moses had to be content with a place in the Nkana wilderness of “pa mbao” meaning “wooden bench,” -a common reference to the substitutes’ bench on the Copperbelt.
But a combination of Chipolopolo call- ups and injuries for Malunga has seen Mapulanga crawl to become Nkana’s first choice goalkeeper.
In one of the biggest derbies on the continent, Mapulanga thwarted everything Power Dynamos threw at him in securing the sweetest revenge victory of recent seasons.
Towards the end of the match, Mapulanga even engaged in some time buying antics while wearing a bewitching smile.
He was unlucky to get a yellow card from Lusaka referee Stanley Hachiwa.
He was wrongly booked for perceived delaying tactics.
Mapulanga was just kicking a second ball retrieved from the net off the pitch. This was after laying the other ball on the ground ready for a goal kick.
Joseph Musonda, at 40 years, is probably the oldest footballer in the Super Division. But his work rate and energy levels were incredible.
Rarely did “Joze” lose his breath or footing on a oven hot afternoon at a packed Arthur Davies Stadium with a commanding showing.
Musonda was a defensive manual which sloppy Zambia full backs can read.
Govenda Simwala gets in the side ahead because late Nkana legendary coach Moses Simwala’s son combined defence with attack in equal measure to produce one of the moments of the first half.
A clever lay-off from Larry “Kumachacha” Bwalya released Govenda who sweetly struck a 22-meters drive that kissed Mapulanga’s crossbar.
Isaac Shamujompa looked solid though drawn out of position a few times. With controversies surrounding his club future.
One would have thought Shamujompa would be fazed to play after Football House ruled that he was Nchanga Rangers player.
However, against the club his late brother Charles turned out for, Shamujompa put in a decent shift.
The 23-year-old, though, will not want to see repeats of the goal Allan Chibwe conceded.
The four “3s,” -two on his number 33 shirt, the 3 on central defensive partner Billy Mutale’s shirt and one in the 13 on Simwala Mafro yellow shirt were sent to the laundry by Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba in setting up the Walter Binene Bwalya winner.
John Mwengani, the fierce centre back, was named man-of-the-match.
He won one ball with a clean world class tackle off Alex Ng’onga in the first half.
The well-built defender who Nkana bought from Forest Rangers in mid-season brought back memories of late big Fighton Simukonda in Kalampa colours.
Mwengani was a real threat and strong in the air as he was composed on the ground.
This was the sort of a performance that knocked on Chipolopolo boss Wedson Nyirenda’s door.
Danny Silavwe is proving to be revelation after his mid-season move from Nakonde to Wusakile. He was a busy bee in the fetch and forward duties.
That captain Donashano Malama was withdrawn earlier than the Nampundwe product was testament of a telling contribution in the engine room from Silavwye.
Jacob Ngulube is starting to show the skills that saw the Kalampa hierarchy engage in a tug of war with Mighty Mufulira Wanderers for his signature in 2016.
The talented pint-sized lad was amazing in midfield and was the architect of the move that culminated into the match clincher.
Harrison Chisala has been used as a bit part player but now is coming of age under the tutelage of boss Beston Chambeshi.
The 20-year-old was hardworking and his combination play with Ngulube was a beauty to behold.
Walter Bwalya missed a lot of chances particularly in the first half. Bwalya’s movement caused the Power defence problems all afternoon.
He was lucky to escape a yellow from Hachiwa for an off the ball petulant push on Ng’onga.
But the maturity to finish off a superb substitute Kampamba pass for his first Kopala derby goal was of the highest grade.
It was a little cameo contribution from Kampamba on his return from injury that produced the big result.
He skinned three Power defenders alive before squaring for Bwalya to score.
When fully fit, the 23-year-old is a real landlord “Pa Chilata.”
Despite playing with a heavily strapped thigh, the former Egypt based forward excelled.
Shadreck Musonda gets the last slot on the team for his work ethic. The 25-year-old pressed high and played with great tactical discipline.
Musonda neither got on his bike as often as he has done since his Kalulushi Modern Stars days nor threatened enough to add to his eight goals so far in the season.
But he was effective in ensuring Kitwe was painted in Kalampa red at derby day end.
A victory erased the 2-1 loss to United Kingdom trained Daniel Kabwe’s side at Nkana Stadium in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.