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‘High Flying’ Nkwazi dream Super Division, Barclays Cup crowns

NKWAZI midfielder Kalaba Chikwanda (left) traps the ball as Zesco United midfielder Cletus Chama looks on during a Super Division rescheduled Week 23 match at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday. Nkwazi won 1-0. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

AFTER winning promotion to the elite league in 2014, Nkwazi have struggled in the Super Division.
The Zambia Police Service sponsored team founded in 1978 are yet to win any cup competition.
In 2015, Nkwazi defied odds to reach the final of the Barclays Cup but lost 2-0 to Green Buffaloes.
Nkwazi’s best run in the Super Division came in 2015 when they finished fifth with 44 points at par with Mufulira Wanderers, 25 behind champions Zesco United.
The feat was achieved under the tutelage of Elijah Chikwanda, who is now calling the shots at City of Lusaka.
Last season, the Albert Mpande-mentored Nkwazi finished eighth with 45 points.
Mphande has managed to assemble a formidable squad.
Nkwazi have bolstered the squad with the signing of Ghanaian trio of defender Kelvin Owusu, midfielder Michael Adebi and striker Francis Owusu, Nigerian midfielder Michael Ibeh, midfielder Davy ‘Spacio’ Kalandanya, forward Mathews Macha from Napsa Stars.
Others are Zephenia Phiri, Brian Lubaba, Munda Mundanga, Chrispin Kawezya and former Mufulira Blackpool goalkeeper Reuben Chisala.
The Police outfit have also added Lameck Banda from Division Two side Manzi Valley to their roster.
Mphande is upbeat that with the new signings, Nkwazi will mount a serious challenge for the Super Division title.
The former K-Stars trainer believes the police side have the quality to compete with the big guns – Zesco United, Zanaco, Nkana and Power Dynamos among others.
He is also targeting winning the Barclays Cup.
“We are also targeting representing the country in the CAF Champions League and playing in the Barclays Cup final. We have recruited both local and foreign players to bolster our team.
“Last season we had problems with the defence and strike force. I believe the new players will help the team meet its target this season,” Mphande said.
Full name:  Nkwazi Football Club
Founded: 1978
Ground:  Edwin Imboela Stadium
Club secretary: Davies Chimbwelenge
Chairman: Edward Phiri
Coach: Albert Mphande

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