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Nkana will challenge for league title – Quicksilver

NKANA midfielder Shadreck Musonda (right) and Power Dynamos defender Govenda Simwala battle for possession during a Super Division Week 12 match at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe yesterday. PICTURE: MATHEWS KABAMBA 

NKANA coach Beston Chambeshi says losing a derby is painful but has put up a brave face that the legendary side is still in contention to challenge for the Super Division title.

Chambeshi said in an interview after Nkana lost 2-1 to Power Dynamos in a Super Division Week 12 match that losing to bitter rivals hurts.
He, however, said he has players that can challenge for the title.
“It is a painful loss, being a derby, but it is just one of the losses in the league. We still have a long way to go, we cannot say we are out of contention for the league title.
“I have the team, the boys are eager to play and we will pick up in the next game. What I can tell you is that I am a strong coach and I cannot lose two games [in a row],” said Chambeshi, who was part of the Nkana side that won the league unbeaten in 1982.
The defeat was the fourth this season for Nkana.
And Power coach Dan Kabwe said the victory is a morale booster going forward.
“This is a grudge game, Nkana, Power is a massive rivalry. We have prepared for this game for 10 weeks and it has showed. This game has given us morale to go forward,” Kabwe said.
Power have 20 points at par with Lusaka Dynamos although the Kitwe side have a better goal aggregate. Tenth-placed Nkana have 16 points.
Mufulira Wanderers coach Wilson Mwale has described the first home win of the season as sweet, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
Wanderers beat Red Arrows 2-1 at Shinde Stadium in Mufulira.
“Very sweet victory. I was telling myself that we must win this game for the confidence of the boys. And since I joined this team, we had one win in Lusaka but we wanted to also win at Shinde to give our supporters the happiness because we have never won on this ground since last year,” said Mwale, who replaced Egyptian Ahmed Suliman in April this year.
Wanderers have 10 points, eight behind Arrows.
Arrows coach Honour Janza regretted the defeat.
“I think we just lost it in the first half because we didn’t settle quickly. There was one or two mistakes and they capitalised on that, and sometimes that is what football is about. What is important is to pick lessons as we are still going forward,” Janza said.