Ten man Nkana win Kitwe derby
Nkana striker Djunese Kanda came off the bench to score the only goal of the match to hand his team a 1 – 0 win in the fierce Kitwe derby that lived up to expectation.
The game had everything expected of a derby; fast play, tough tackling yellow cards, red card, penalty save goal…. But it was Nkana who walked away smiling as they recorded the first home of the season.
Power looked the better side in the first half with some quick build ups with midfielder Kennedy Mudenda looking dangerous on the left but they did not do enough to trouble goalkeeper Rabson Muchelenganga expect for a Kelvin Mubanga in swinger from the right which was dipping into the goal only to be saved by the goalie.
Beston Chambeshi decided to be more ambitious in the second half when he brought in Congolese striker Kanda to partner hardworking man of the match Ronald Chibuye who was a pain in the Power defence.
Chibuye won the controversial penalty which led to the goal when he chased a hopeless ball which Power defender Derrick Mwansa allowed to bounce and was brought down in the box as he shouldered the defender off the ball from behind.
Kanda was the first to pick the ball and he drove his shot from the spot straight into the trailing leg of Joshua Titima but he reacted first to score from the rebound.
This was a minute after Nkana captain Donashano Malama was given matching orders after he crudely kicked his marker in the center of the pitch.
The win moves Nkana into 8th position on 9 points just behind Green Eagles.
Power remain 5th on the log with 10 points ahead of Konkola Blades and Eagles on goal difference.
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