Nkana, Zesco through to Barclays finals

NKANA Football Club’s dominance in Zambian football comes under serious scrutiny again as they face super league leaders Zesco United in the 2014 Barclays Cup finals.

Nkana pushed through their presence in the finals after beating not so Sharp Konkola Blades 2-0 at Arthur Davis stadium yesterday.

A goal each from inform Claude Bwalya and Simon Bwalya in the first half was enough to put a smile on the face of troubled Nkana coach Bestone Chambeshi.

Claude was the first to register his name on the score sheet in the 40th minute of the first half before Simon wrapped it up just seconds before break.

Nkana played a better game and could have scored more goals in the first 25 minutes of the game but lack of coordination cost them heavily.

In the quarter finals the 12 time FAZ-MTN champions Nkana beat Power Dynamos 2-1 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka to sail through to the semi-finals against Konkola Blades who shocked Zanaco.

The two teams will be meeting for the third time this season, the last being in the game in which Nkana lost by 3-0 in the super league game eight days ago.

Earlier yesterday, Zesco ejected the Hector Chilombo boys Napsa Stars by 1-0 to be the first team to step into the finals of the 2014 Barclays Cup finals.

Zesco should thank Mathews Nkowani’s 90 minute goal which shuttered Napsa Stars dreams of defending the Cup.

Zesco coach George Lwandamina will be determined to guide the Ndola-based outfit to another victory against Nkana in the finals as the first coach to win the cup in successive seasons with two different clubs. And Barclays Bank Zambia Plc, the sponsors of the Barclays Cup, have designed a programme to educate football administrators and players on how to manage their finances, like encouraging them to open up bank accounts with financial institutions.

Last week Barclays Bank in conjunction with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) conducted the first financial literacy and entrepreneurial workshop at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium at which players and officials from Ndola-based clubs were present.

The clubs that attended the workshop were Zesco United, Indeni, Lime Hotspurs, Forest Rangers and Gomes.

The bank will also conduct similar workshops in Lusaka and Choma.