The Nkana bench is backing its new-look team to deliver after tumbling in their FAZ Super League Week One home game on Sunday against Nkwazi.
Beston Chambeshi fielded five new players in his starting XI in Nkana’s 3-2 loss to Nkwazi in Kitwe.
Some notable new faces included midfielder Jacob Ngulube who returned to the club two years after he left for stints at Kansanshi Dynamos and demoted Napsa Stars.
But the spotlight was on ex-Zambia U20 and U23 goalkeeper Bradley Mweene who has joined Nkana from Portuguese 4th division side club AD Sanjoanense.
Mweene conceded two early goals in the opening ten minutes of the game.
“If you look at the team that we have, we have new players and it takes a lot of time for players to gel so such mistakes are there in the game and what is important is the next game,” Nkana first assistant coach George Chilufya said.
Meanwhile, Nkana are off this weekend because their Week Two opponents Zanaco have a CAF Champions League game this Saturday against Akonangui whom they have just beaten 2-0 on Sunday away and are currently in transit back to Zambia from Equatorial Guinea.
2021/2022 FAZ SUPER LEAGUE
Konkola Blades 1(Ronald Chibwe 63′)-Power Dynamos 0
Kafue Celtic 0-Chambishi 0
Prison Leopards 1(Damiano Kola 53′)-Forest Rangers 1(Quadri Kola 56′)
Green Eagles 1(Warren Kunda 12′)-Buildcon 2(Lubinda Mundia 28′ 50′)
Green Buffaloes 1(Mweene Mumbi 77′)-Lusaka Dynamos 1(Emmanuel Chabula 12′)
Nkana 2(Alex Ngonga 25′ 71′)-Nkwazi3 (Christopher Zulu 3′, Nelson Mwila 7′, Stephen Mutama 75′)
Zesco United-Red Arrows
CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Royal Leopards 1(Solomon Sakala 60’og)- Zesco United 0
Ebebiyin, Equatorial Guinea
Akonangui 0-Zanaco 2(Evans Katema 14′, Ernest Mbewe 31′)
CAF CONFEDERATIUON CUP
National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
Red Arrows 2 (Felix Bulaya 28′ 59′)- Young Buffaloes 1(Gamedze Sandile 74′)
CFFA 0-Kabwe Warriors 0
FAZ NATIONAL DIVISION 1
Trident 2- Gomes 1
Livingstone Pirates 1-Nchanga Rangers 3
Luapula Green Eagles-1- Mufulira Wanderers 0
Malaiti Rangers 0- Police College 0
City of Lusaka 1(Saidi Mwale 3′)- Napsa Stars 0
KYSA 0- Quattro Kalumbila 0
MUZA 1-Jumulo 0
Young Green Buiffaloes 1(Joseph Mubita Yubya 90’+1)-Lumwana Radiants 0
Kitwe United-Young Green Eagles*
Alex Ngonga (Nkana):2
Ronald Chibwe (Konkola Blades):1
Nelson Mwila (Nkwazi):1
Stephen Mutama (Nkwazi):1
Damiano Kola (Prison Leopards):1
Quadri Kola(Forest Rangers):1
Warren Kunda(Green Eagles):1
Mweene Mumbi (Green Buffaloes):1
Emmanuel Chabula (Lusaka Dynamos):1
Jesse Were(Zesco United):2
Edward Lungu (Zesco Unitd):1
Chanda Mukuka (Zesco United):1
Felix Bulaya (Red Arrows):2
Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco):1
Solomon Sakala (Zesco Uniterd):1*
Anita Mulenga (Green Buffaloes):1
Enock Mwepu (Brighton, England):1
Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors):1
Barbara Banda: 3