By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
NKANA were last evening booted out of the CAF Confederations Cup after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tunisian outfit Clube Sportif Sfaxien in a quarterfinal second leg encounter at Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax.
Carrying a 2-1 lead from the first leg played in Kitwe and with only a draw needed to book a place in the last four, depleted Nkana side could not rise to the occasion as Sfaxien condemned them to a 3-2 aggregate score.
The Kitwe giants were without strikers Walter Bwalya and Freddy Tshimenga, creative midfielder Harrison Chisala who are nursing injuries and suspended dependable defender Musa Muhammed.
Nkana was outplayed in the first 20 minutes of the game and looked under pressure.
The Kitwe giants conceded the first goal seven minutes into the match after defenders were caught napping as Fires Chaouat headed in a Habib Oueslati corner.
Nkana’s best player of the half Ramadan Kamisi missed an opportunity to level matters when he shot slightly wide from close range after being put through by Kelvin Kampamba in 14th minute.
It was an equally contested second half with Sfaxien two efforts saves by Kelvin Malunga.
Captain Ronald Kampamba missed golden opportunity to send Nkana to the semi-finals when he shot directly at the goalkeeper inside the 18 area with Sfaxien defenders beaten.
Ten minutes to full half time, Nkana showed signs of frustration with unnecessarily tackles which led to Kampamba receiving a yellow card.
In 86th minute, Sfaxien keeper put up a brilliant save when he cleared on the line Kampamba’s effort.
Nkana’s hopes were completely dashed after Alaa Marzouki beat the offside trap to finish off a Shaouat’s clever through ball.