Nkana captain Donashano Malama says it is painful that his club has failed to qualify for this’s Barclays Cup.
The 2014 losing finalists will not compete in this year’s event after finishing outside the top sixth as at half way into this year’s Super Division campaign.
Nkana have gone into the mid-season break placed 11th on the 16-team table with 17 points from 15 games.
“It’s painful because before the season started, playing in the Barclays Cup was part of our objective as a team,” Malama said.
The Chipolopolo midfielder is disappointed with Nkana’s poor performance in the first half of the season.
“We have to learn from our failure and look forward. We must work toward putting the team where it’s supposed to be,” Malama added.
Meanwhile, teams that have made the cut for this year’s Barclays Cup are holders Zesco United, Zanaco, Power Dynamos, Nkwazi,Green Buffaloes,Mufulira Wanderers, Lumwana Radiants and Kabwe Warriors.