Napsa Stars coach Mohamed Fathi says last weekend’s victory over defending FAZ Super Division champions Zesco United is an indicator they are still in the top four race.
A top four finish in the FAZ Super Division guarantees CAF Champions League spots for the top two and CAF Confederation Cup qualification for third and fourth finishers.
Fifth placed Napsa beat number four side Zesco 2-1 at home in Lusaka on February 23 to end a four-match winless run against the eight-time Zambian champions and to tie on points with eleven games to go.
The win was also Napsa’s second since the start of 2020 after also collecting as many draws in their last eight league games in the New Year.
“I think it was a sweet victory, Zesco is a big side with experienced players and you can’t anything away from them,” Fathi said.
“But we fought for our goals and needed to win the game by all cost because we have waited too long for another win.”
Napsa’s last victory prior beating Zesco was on January 18 in a 4-0 home win over bottom of the table Mufulira Wanderers before collecting a point in their subsequent four matches.
Napsa have 39 points, four points behind leaders Forest Rangers and two adrift of second placed Green Eagles.
“I think we have caught up again with the top four. We have eleven games to go so the league race remains open,” Fathi said.
“So if we want to compete in continental football next season, we have to beat teams in the top four, so this win (over Zesco) is a sign for us.”
Napsa are in action this Saturday away at second from bottom KYSA whom they beat 3-0 in the first leg on November 9 in Lusaka.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana