Monday Nov 01, 2021. 15:00
Joel Bwalya has described Kafue Celtic’s 1-0 home loss to Nkana on Saturday as part of his teams’ rite of passage in their debut FAZ Super League campaign.
Celtic lost 1-0 at home in Lusaka to record 13-time Zambia champions Nkana at Edwin Emboela Stadium to end their five-game unbeaten run.
The defeat comes after Celtic collected some significant results during their five-match honeymoon when they beat Buildcon 1-0 and Zesco United 2-0 to end their respective opponents unbeaten starts to the 2021/2022 league campaigns.
Celtic later held Power Dynamos to a 0-0 away draw in Kitwe.
Bwalya said his boys showed maturity against a Nkana side who had goalkeeper Kelvin Malunga in inspired mood.
Malunga denied Peter Chikola in the 19th and 57th minute then later denied Albert Kangwanda in the 72nd minute.
“We were hoping to cross the line but obviously we fell short but we are very pleased with the fight that was there,” Bwalya said.
“So we are happy with what we have and we will work with the team that we have won games with.”
Celtic drop one place from number five to sixth on 12 points after the loss and are eleven points behind leaders Green Buffaloes.
Bwalya’s side is five points adrift of number two side Nkwazi.