Sunday Dec 05, 2021. 12:00
Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi is breathing a sigh of relief on Saturday after his team ended their one month long dry spell with a hard-fought-for 2-0 home victory over their nemesis Forest Rangers at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.
The win also ended Nkana’s five-match losing run against Forest dating back to the 2019 transitional season when they drew 2-2 away in Ndola.
Nkana also came into the match with three draws and a loss since beating debutants Kafue Celtic 1-0 away in Lusaka on October 30.
“It is a good win for the team, I think you saw how the boys played. It shows that they are back now and have the confidence after a bad run of results,” Chambeshi said.
Both goals came very late in the last quarter of the second half.
The first goal came in the 75th minute through Patrick Gondwe and the final one came five minutes later when Derrick Mukombozi side-footed Jacob Ngulube’s corner.
Forest’s day suffered a further hit in the 87th minute when Webster Muzaza skied his penalty.
Sixth placed Nkana joined number five side Forest on 19 points, ten points behind leaders Green Buffaloes who squandered their lead twice against visitors Prison Leopards to finish 3-3 in Lusaka.
Martin Njobvu and Nebert Musamba scored in the 1st and 35th minutes respectively but Prisons cut the lead on the stroke of halftime through Conlyde Luchanga.
Augustine Henneh equalized in the 48th minute but Jack Chirwa restored Buffaloes lead in the 51st minutes.
Buffaloes are six points ahead of second placed Eagles who won 2-1 away to Konkola Blades in Chililabombwe in a match all three goals came before the opening 30 minutes of the first half.
Susu Siambombe put Eagles ahead in the 7th minute but Blades equalized from the spot through Owen Tembo in the 14th minute penalty
Hosea Silwimba scored the final goal in the 21st minute to hand Eagles their fifth league win in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run.