Chipolopolo defender Fackson Kapumbu scored a second half goal as defending champions struggled to overcome ten men Kitwe.
“We want to thank God. The game was not easy as Kitwe United played well,” Banda said.
“We wanted to score more than one goal but Kitwe made our life difficulty,” the keeper said.
Banda admitted Zesco are relieved after ending a two-game losing streak.
“At least tonight we can get some sleep. This is motivating to us,” he said.
Kitwe coach Ernest Kofi hailed his side for giving the defending champions a good run.
Kitwe played with ten men for most part of the game after captain and key defender Moses Lolozi was sent off for handling in the box by Kitwe referee Joe Bwembya in the 30th minute.
“I am happy with the performance of the team. We lost because of the simple mistake by our keeper. Also having a numerical advantage helped Zesco,” Koffi said.
“We are determined to go to the Super League and playing against Zesco has given us experience,” he said.
Kitwe are leading the FAZ Division One Zone Two table with 50 points from 25 matches – just five games before the season closes.