Friday Feb 25, 2022. 15:00
Nkana are back in action this Saturday when they host Kansanshi Dynamos at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe as they mount a recovery effort following last weekend’s bruising Copperbelt derby loss away to Zesco United.
The Kitwe giants return to action exactly seven days after they lost 2-1 in Ndola to the defending FAZ Super League Champions.
That defeat saw Nkana tumble from fourth to sixth on the table and left them 10 points behind leaders Red Arrows with ten games left heading into this weekend’s Week 24 fixtures.
“The boys know the importance of our next game. What is important is how they recover from the loss,” Nkana assistant coach George Chilufya told Nkana Media.
“They look in good shape, their minds are in good shape too and they should be ready to go.”
Nkana have no injury worries heading into their home game and are hoping for better things especially from influential striker Alex Ngonga who returned to action last Saturday against Zesco following a brief injury layoff.
“If you check on the table and how many points there are between us and the top four, we are not far from our target,”Chilufya said.
“I think what is important is to pick the three points tomorrow because now we are going towards the end of the season with just a few games remaining.”
Meanwhile, Nkana faces a 12th placed Kansanshi that is enjoying some good form under new coach Boyd Mulwanda who has won all his first three games in charge that includes a 2-0 home victory in Solwezi over Zesco a fortnight ago in which Jesse Were scored a brace.
Mulwanda is going to bank on Were to add to his three goals that he has already scored since joining Kansanshi from Zesco who did not renew the Kenyan strikers’ contract on December 31 after spending six years with the nine-time league champions.