By MICHAEL MIYOBA
TWELVE-TIME league winners Nkana football club will today face Forest Rangers in a game deemed as a battle for pride after both teams failed to Challenge for the 2019 transitional MTN/FAZ Super Division title.
With two games to go, Nkana’s only consolation will be to finish the transitional league on fourth position if they can collect the three points against Forest Rangers.
Nkana assistant coach Manfred Chabinga says the team needs to win today’s game against Forest Rangers for their passionate fans.
Chabinga said that the team struggled to compete in stream B because it had more games to play in the local league and the CAF interclub championship where Nkana reached the quarter -inals of the CAF Confederations Cup.
“We told the players to give the supporters a win over Forest Rangers. We have been struggling here and there but let’s try to do our level best and put more effort and win,” Chabinga said.
“From the time we played the Barclays Cup we had no time to rest but it’s one of those things in football and we couldn’t run away from it.”
Nkana will not defend the ABSA Cup, formerly called the Barclays Cup after failing to finish in the top two in stream B which has been dominated by Green Eagles who are waiting for stream-A winners for the Super Division title.
The Kitwe giants are on sixth position in stream-B with 23 points, on par with fourth and fifth placed Forest Rangers and NAPSA Stars.