Nkana coach Manfred Chabinga believes Saturday’s return to winning ways in their home victory against Kabwe Warriors is a turning point as contenders for this season’s league title.
The record 12-time Zambian champions beat Warriors 1-0 in Kitwe to end a four-match winless run in which period they had collected three draws and a defeat since beating struggling Buildcon 3-0 on January 26 at the same venue.
Nkana’s victory saw them rise one place from fifth to fourth and shift within three points of leaders Forest Rangers with nine games left before the 2019/2020 FAZ Super Division title is decided.
“I would like to congratulate the boys for putting up a brave fight, a win has meant a lot for us,” Chabinga said.
“We needed the maximum points, we wanted this, it is relief to get maximum points, we are back in contention, we are almost there and we will keep on fighting.”
It took a 71st minute goal from striker Idris Mbombo for Nkana to get the 3 points.
However, that goal came after the post conspired against Nkana three times in the first half to deny Mbombo, Fred Tshimenga and Duke Abuya.
Nkana won their last league title in 2013 while a runners-up finish in 2018 is their best showing to date.
The Kitwe giants have 43 points from 24 games played while leaders Forest have 46 points with a match in hand.
Napsa Stars and Green Eagles are second and third on 45 and 44 points respectively.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana,
FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent