NKANA will close the year in the relegation zone after suffering a 1 – 0 loss to Red Arrows in a Week 18 Super League encounter at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
With their 10th loss of the season, Nkana have already matched their dismal record from the entirety of last season with 16 games to spare.
Paul Katema’s goal in the third minute was all Arrows needed to complete a double over Nkana whom they beat on the opening day of the season.
This means Nkana will remain 16th on the log with as many points.
Arrows have moved into second with 32 points, one behind leaders Zesco United, who are in action tomorrow.
In other matches, defending champions Power Dynamos beat Prison Leopards 1-0, Zanaco played to a scoreless draw against MUZA and Kansanshi Dynamos beat Trident 2-1.
Konkola Blades managed a 2 – 1 win over Nkwazi in Chililabomwe, Mutondo Stars lost 2-1 to Green Eagles while Kabwe Warriors beat Forest Rangers 1-0.
Zanaco 0-0 MUZA
Kansanshi 2-1 Trident
Warriors 1-0 Forest
Blades 2-1 Nkwazi
Mutondo 2-1 Eagles
Power 1-0 Prison
Arrows 1-0 Nkana
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 30th December, 2023)
‘It’s not necessary to react to fans,’ Bruce Mwape parries criticism
COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has put up a brave face following criticism that has been directed at him on the team’s performance in the 3 – all draw against Ghana.
Zambia may have qualified to the next round of the Paris Olympic Games qualifiers but many fans were left unimpressed with the team’s performance against Ghana.
The Copper Queens were outrun in midfield while the defence made errors that could have cost the team had Barbra Banda and Kabange Mupopo not put up a good show.
However, the displeasure at the team’s performance has been directed at Mwape with fans calling for his dismissal after spending close to a decade at the helm of the team.
Reacting to suggestions that its time up, Mwape said during the post-match interview yesterday that he is not one who pays much attention to what supporters say.
“Most of the times, it is not necessary to react to the comments from the fans, they are entitled to their opinions,” Mwape said, “me I stick to what I know and I make sure that I do my job accordingly.”
Meanwhile, Mwape conceded that his side was overrun in midfield.
He said he has picked valuable lessons from that game.
“The lesson that we have lent from this game is to defend well and when it comes to defending we need to defend as a team,” he said, “We will look for options before we meet the next opponent,”
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
Barbra Banda powers Zambia to next round
THE Copper Queens are through to the final stage of the Olympic Games Qualifiers after a last minute strike from skipper Babra Banda earned them a 3-all draw against Ghana.
Carrying a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, all Zambia needed to do was to avoid defeat in the second leg but things looked to be going against them until Banda showed up at the last minute.
The game started on a positive note for Zambia when the team was put ahead by Banda in the 11th minute but the Ghanaians leveled the score through Gifty Assifuah in the 21th minute.
Tied at the break, Ghana took initiative in the second half, with Doris Boaduwaa beating Catherine Musonda in the 55th minute to hand the Black Queens the lead.
At this stage, Zambia were out of the tie, but they were handed a lifeline in the 61st minute through veteran striker Kabange Mupopo who beat an offside trap to finish off a pass from Rachael Nachula.
Ghana restored the lead in the 64th minute through Bugre Azumah.
With then game firmly in Ghana’s favour, Zambia were handed a free kick at the death.
Banda took the free kick and drove the ball past the wall and into the net to send the capacity crowd into a frenzy.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)
‘We need to be cautious,’ says Bruce Mwape
COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has said his team will not throw caution to the wind when they play Ghana today in the second leg of the Olympic Games qualifier.
Zambia host Ghana at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola for the Paris 2024 Olympics third round, second leg qualifier carrying a 1-0 lead.
All the Cipper Queens have to do is avoid defeat.
“We just need to be cautious because the game is not yet over until it is over. We still have 90 minutes, we played 90 minutes away in Ghana. So this other 90 minutes, we cannot say since we are leading we should relax. We will play according to our plan,” Mwape said.
He said Ghana are not a pushover.
“After the first game in Ghana, we had two days in which to prepare for the second leg. That two days the team has prepared well and is ready to meet Ghana in the second leg.”
Meanwhile skipper Barbra Banda said the team will count on home support.
“The fans should expect a good game. As you know women’s football has improved in our country and everyone is pushing hard and working extra hard. Everyone is wishing to be at the national team. The competition is very high. It’s good for us as a country at large,so the fans should expect a good game tomorrow,” Banda said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)