Nkana Fc wrapped up their tour of Lubumbashi on a low after they again lost 2 %u2013 0 to their hosts TP Mazembe.
Knowing that Nkana had edged Power in the league last year Arthur Davies stadium, Mazembe will be beaming with confidence when they trot onto the field in Kitwe on 24th March as they have given themselves a taste of Kitwe football ahead of their clash with Power Dynamos.
Mbwana SAMATA Ally and Thomas Ulimwengu both Tanzanian internationals scored for TP Mazembe to hand the Congolese a second win over the Kitwe giants in four days.
Lamine Ndiaye Mazembe%u2019s coach named six Zambians in his starting line-up. Francis Kasonde, Hichani Himonde, Stophira Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba and Luka Lungu all started for TP Mazembe.
With Kalaba and Tresor Mputu in the team, the Nkana defence were up against arguably Africa%u2019s finest talent playing on the continent and did very well to end the half at nil all. Mputu and Kalaba had combined in the 33rd minute with Kalaba setting Mputu clear on goal but his lob only grazed the left post of goalkeeper Lennon Muma.
The opening goal came in the 58th minute and it was bred from a Zambian affair. TP Mazembe set piece specialist Kalaba found Nathan Sinkala with a well taken free-kick who headed towards goal for Samata to finish off to make it 1 %u2013 0.
Nkana responded by pushing forward as well and surprised their illustrious hosts when Joseph Bwalya headed home in the 70th minute only for his goal to be disallowed by referee Jean-Jacques Ndala.
Thomas Ulimwengu settled the match in the 80th minute after he nodded home a Rainford Kalaba free kick to make it 2 %u2013 0.
Nkana lost the first friendly match played on Saturday 2 %u2013 0 with both goals scored by Zambian international Given Singuluma.
Nkana are expected to travel back to Kitwe tomorrow ahead of their Super league opening game against Nakambala Leopards on 24th March.
TP Mazembe who have reserved up to 1000 seats for their supporters at Arthur Davies stadium will also be in the country to face Zambian Super League Champions Power Dynamos over the same weekend in the CAF champions league encounter
And the 2012 Samuel %u201CZoom%u201D Ndhlovu Memorial Charity Shield final set for this Saturday, March 17 has been shifted to Chililabombwes Konkola stadium. The match was earlier scheduled to be played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka. FAZ says the move was made to make it easy for the supporters since both teams are from the copperbelt.
Line-ups TPM vs Nkana;
Kidiabi %u2013 Kasonde (Ndonga 46%u2019), Hichani (Mwepu 46%u2019), Sunzu, Kasusula %u2013 Ilongo (Lusadisu 85%u2019), Sinkala (Nkulukuta 85%u2019), Mputu (Singuluma 70%u2019), Kalaba %u2013 Samata (Ulimwengu 61%u2019), Lungu (Bokanga 72%u2019)
Lennon Muma-Clément Kibali-Perry Mubanga-Marani Ngongwe %u2013 Charles Shamujomba %u2013 Joseph Milanzi %u2013 Mwila Kbwe (Lameck Mwale 57%u2019)-Enock Jere (Chilufya Changwe 34%u2019)-Reynold Kampmba(Charles Mwemba 67%u2019)-Joseph Bwalya (William Chinse 85%u2019)-Matthew Bwalya
Photo courtesy of TPM