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Coming out of the dressing room, Scott Aime Ngokene was an eye-catcher, clean neat covered in all-white. For a moment i thought I would struggle distinguishing team colours with Nkana clad in red and Eagles in orange… but no, it was easy to set them apart after all:-
Nkana football club “Kalampa” didn’t wait as long as the second minute to take the game to Green Eagles. However, Green Eagles were handed a 5th-minute gift with a goal when the ball spilt through Scott’s gloves. He seemed overstrung and immediately called for a change of gloves.
It was amusing how the team seemed unperturbed by an early setback. They didn’t panic. Looking at McDuff Chungu, on right back, showed composure in his Chilata debut. Dieugo Apanane was a joy to watch seeing him extricating play from a difficult situation. Lovely.
Given Sinyangwe, wearing jersey 5, seemed to have transformed into a cool head. However, his centre-back partner “Muzo” Joseph Musonda seemed over-aggressive at times and in the dying minutes gave away a penalty which fortunately Adamson Mulao failed to convert on second attempt.
Donashano Malama had definitely bulked up his socks. He was emphatic in his defensive duties. The midfield also had Mushili Chanda and Shadreck Musonda on the flanks. The latter was so quick and the equalizer came from the flanks, Jacob crossed from the right edge of the box while running out of the pitch. Found a header which hit the crossbar. In their futile attempt to clear it fell on Walter Bwalya’s vicious left foot. An equalizer! It was goooal! 1-1.
At near half hour mark Jacob again ran to the left making mouthwatering interchanges with Walter and a cross into the box found Simon Bwalya unmarked. It was 2-1 with a simple tap in.
The second half started with Green Eagles trying to salvage something out of the game but only for team “Kalampa” quelling up these attacks here and again. Jacob Ngulube was fully detecting play now showing off a genius resultant on the ball.
With beautiful play involving Simon, Shadreck and Jacob at the edge of the box confusing the Eagles, amid this tolerance, their Jacob laid to it a a flat one to a waiting Walter Bwalya for a “Mesut Orzil curl” in the far post leaving the keeper flatfooted.
And the glory of the Citadel @ichilata was slowly imbued into a thousand voices echoing to a much closer past! Nkana next faces, in a double header at Arthur Davies whose gates open as early as before noon, Mufulira Blackpool for Week 3 of the Zambia Super League scheduled 2nd April 2016.
Nkana is expected to torment Blackpool in a hail of goals with hat trick and braces at the unfolding football.
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