Lumwana inflict another loss on champions

THE hierarchy at Nkana will now be asking themselves on whether they got the timing wrong with their decision to send coach Kelvin Kaindu on leave. Having made the decision to sideline Kaindu on Thursday following defeat to basement side Kitwe United, stand-in coach Kaunda Simonda was unable to do much to change the fortunes of the champions as another struggling side Lumwana Radiants inflicted defeat on them yesterday. With a must-win Confederation Cup game against Egyptian side Pyramids coming on Wednesday, Nkana have very limited time to find solutions.With the way things are going, the Confederation Cup could be the only route for Nkana to salvage something from what has been a disastrous campaign in every way possible. But on current form, they do not look like capable of going far even in that competition. Defeat yesterday left them second bottom, six points below Indeni, who occupy the immediate position outside the relegation zone. It was a third straight league defeat for the defending champions which also meant that they have now lost 12 matches this season, the second-most after the Buchi Boys. Although they have three games in hand, it means Nkana are only better than Kitwe United in the league. Statistics indeed do not lie. So far, they are showing that Nkana have only picked up two wins in their last 11 matches in all competitions. They last recorded a domestic league win on February 4 when they defeated Nkwazi 2-0 at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka. And since that time, the best result they have recorded in the league is a 2-all draw against Green Buffaloes at home. With all the woes surrounding the club, Nkana would have hoped for a positive start under Simonda, who is not entirely new to the set-up, having also filled in when Manfred Chabinga was sidelined last December. However, Bilton Musonda’s side had other ideas. The home side went ahead with an early goal just after 12 minutes through Emmanuel Manda.
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