Zambia’s only surviving team in CAF competition Nkana have bowed out of the CAF confed cup after losing 2nill away in Tunisia and 3-2 on aggregate.
Zambia’s sole representatives in continental competition Nkana Football Club were this evening ejected from the CAF Confederations Cup after losing 2-0 to Tunisia’s Clube Sportif Sfaxien in the Quarterfinal second leg played at the 22,000 capacity Taieb Mhiri Stadium in Sfax,Tunisia.
Nkana started off shaky with the defence as Sfaxien dominated the match Early in the match. The pressure would pay off just seven minutes in as 22 year old Tunisian international Firas Chaouat headed in a pinpoint Habib Oueslati corner beating Kelvin Malunga in the Nkana goal.
The Kitwe based club looked even more confused as the Tunisians dictated play with superb passes.
Nkana could have equalised minutes later as Ramadan Kessy Khamis hit Kelvin kampamba’s long searching pass slightly wide from close range with Nkana players claiming that he had been pushed in the box but experienced South African referee Victor Gomes awarded a goal kick to Sfaxien.
The first half ended on a high for Nkana with them dominating the match and showing some great skills on the pitch from Kampamba and the hardworking Ramadan.
The twelve time Zambian champions came back in the second half with some more intent as they searched for an equaliser.
Nkana could have found the equaliser as captain of the day Ronald Sate Sate Kampamba found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper after he had been cleverly put through but his curling effort was saved by the goalkeeper.
Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi introduced Obed Masumbuko for Gift Zulu. Later on, he introduced Veteran Simon Bwalya for Shadreck Musonda to add more fire power.
Sate Sate had another opportunity in the 86th minute but his close range effort hit the crossbar as Nkana desperately looked for a goal.
Four minutes later Nkana’s hopes of qualification were crushed as Sfaxien added a second with 29 year old Alaa Marzouki finishing off from close range to ensure qualification for the home side.
Sfaxien progress to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate and will face the winners of the tie between Renaissance Sportive Berkane and Gor Mahia in the last four.
Nkana played better but not good enough as Tunisians score second at the death to win 2-0 in Sfax.
Congratulations to Sfaxien for making the semi-finals of the CAF Club Confederation Cup 3-2 on aggregate.
Tough luck Kalampa.