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Swimming with the tide – Nkana can turn tables

Misheck Chaila debut at Nkana and Zanaco match

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Nkana can turn tables. A goal apiece from each half for both sides saw Nkana and ZANACO share spoils in Kitwe but beyond the gray clouds at Nkana, the match beamed out a silver lining.

It has been a rusty start for the defending Champions but the problems at Nkana look all self-imposed: a case of misplaced judgment that can easily be corrected.

A chip into perspective shows that Nkana can and will turn the tables around because the club has the will power and a stubborn appetite to succeed.

From the Fan petition of statehouse when the burden of their financial shit weighed to a point of breaking to the Muhammed Ali show-down by Coach Chabinga at Nkoloma, the pressure buying of nonentities from T.P Mazembe and the magnanimous acquisition of the inimitable Misheck Chaila.

All this brings one fact into shot focus: Nkana has the will power to soar above their challenges and they can swim with the stormy tide.

Secondly, Nkana can rise from the dust of their ruins if the thirteen-time champions can stop, breathe, and bring in a technical bench that has a football brain. The squad Nkana has possessed quality second to none but the boys keep being misplaced.

Harrison Chisala is the nucleus of this side but he keeps being used in the central right flank and the team keeps failing to maximize from the best of his quality.

He covers such a distance with the ball, losing and gliding past his markers but by the time he reaches the tip of the box, he is tired and loses the ball. With such bite and penetration, the boy has, he must play as the tip of the Nkana attacking spear in the central attacking role of number 10.

Those ferocious runs, twisting, turning and direct runs into the tracking defenders need to be done in the opponent’s box not in the right-wing and Mbombo will pouncing on any loose carcass Chisala drops from his attacking bites.

Again, with Chaila at their disposal, there is no way Diamond Chikwekwe must be coming from the bench. Diamond is the central nervous system of a Nkana that has been lacking coordination in the attacking third and it’s appalling how Chabinga doesn’t still see Chikwekwe as a correct prescription to his team’s illness.

When Nkana was drawing in Kabwe, it was Chikwekwe’s diamond pass which resulted in Mbombo’s last-minute finish and his ability to change the sensitivity of attack against ZANACO today is not subject for this discussion. This article will belong.

Nkana can rise but the earlier they sort out their technical problems the better.


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