Monday Jun 21, 2021. 10:00
Napsa Stars’ nine-year FAZ Super League stay came to an end following Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to mid-table club Nkwazi at Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka.
That result sees Napsa’s departure leave the closing round of this season’s demotion narrative with just one spot to be decided after they joined Lumwana Radiants and Kitwe United down in the National FAZ Division One.
Nkana and Indeni, who are tied on 41 points, head into the final round of matches on June26 away to Napsa and Kabwe Warriors respectively hoping results will go their way to avoid becoming statistic number four.
Stephen Mutama’s 57th minute free-kick ended Napsa’s slim hopes and dispatched the Lusaka club to an unprecedented seventh successive league defeat for the Woodlands Stadium club.
Third from bottom Napsa have 36 points, two points short of Nkana.
However, Napsa depart the FAZ Super League with their heads held high after attaining two records.
Napsa remain the only promoted club to win the ABSA Cup in their first term back in the top-flight in 2012.
They added another benchmark this season when they became the first Zambian club to secure continental group stage qualification on the first attempt when they advanced to the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup league phase.
Meanwhile, in matters at the opposite end of the log, second placed Zanaco have secured their CAF Champions League spot despite losing 2-1 away to sixth positioned Prison Leopards.
Zanaco have 54 points and benefitted from third placed Red Arrows and number four side Kabwe Warriors’ 0-0 draw in their Midlands derby at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Arrows have 50 points and Warriors are on 48 points.
Warriors must beat Indeni to confirm their CAF Confederation Cup spot and Arrows also need the three points at Zanaco next weekend to end Green Eagles, Prison Leopards and Lusaka Dynamos’ continental interest who are all tied on 47 points at the end of the penultimate round of action.