Nkana still in contention

Nkana Football Club coach Beston Chambeshi believes his team is capable of defending the FAZ-MTN league with only four games to go before the close of the season.

Chambeshi said Nkana was still a serious contender for the league title for the 13th time now.

In an interview with the Daily Nation Sports, Chambeshi said his team was in contention to win back the 2014 FAZ-MTN league at the end of the season.

“We shall defend the FAZ-MTN league because I have championship material. If we keep collecting three points in the remaining games, we can defend the title and that is possible,” said Chambeshi whose team shocked Zambia Army- sponsored side Green Buffaloes on Saturday via a 2-1 win.

He said his boys have been instructed to fight all the way until the final game, adding that their aim in the quest to defend the title for the 13th time was to collect maximum points in each game they played.

“Nkana is a championship material and we will fight until the last game of the season, I am happy with the result we collected from the games with Buffaloes because they have put us back into the contention for the league championship,” he said.

Chambeshi, who could not hide the joy of beating Buffaloes, thanked his players and the entire technical bench for exhibiting hard work and commitment to the agenda of defending the league title.

“We are up and we are there now to contest the league, we cannot be ruled out of the championship. We are there following behind very closely.”

And Chambeshi said the decision by the national team not to release players for the league game was a blow to the team and has since urged the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to put up measures where national duties would not conflict with club commitments.

He said there was need to realise that players were paid by their clubs for them to put bread and butter on their families table.

“When you play mid-week games and thereafter three key players are summoned for national duty it is a blow to the team. I know that it is a national issue and we cannot run away from it but there is need for proper planning so that players meet their obligations at their clubs because that is where they get their bread and butter,” he said.

Nkana have moved from the fifth position to fourth after beating Buffaloes last week at Woodlands Stadium nine points behind league leaders Power Dynamos.

After week 26, the FAZ-MTN league standing is as follows

1. Power Dynamos 53

2.  Zanaco 52

3.  Zesco United 52

4.  Nkana FC 46

5.  Napsa Stars 44

6.  Nchanga Rangers 34

7.  Green Eagles   33

8.   Nakambala Leopards 32

9.   Konkola Blades 32

10. Kabwe Warriors   31

11. National Assembly     30

12. Red Arrows     29

13. Green Buffaloes   28

14. Indeni      24

15. Konkola Mine Police      24

16. Roan United    17