The first leg CAF Champions League tie between hosts Nkana Red Devils and KCCA FC has been moved to the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe tomorrow. The game was switched yesterday from the Nkana Stadium in Zambiaâ€™s Copper Belt to Arthur Davies due to a waterlogged pitch following a week of heavy rains.
The game was switched yesterday from the Nkana Stadium in Zambia’s Copper Belt to Arthur Davies due to a waterlogged pitch following a week of heavy rains.
Ken Mwansa, the Nkana Red Devils secretary said the decision to change the venue was made on Thursday morning after meeting with Arthur Davies landlords and their local Kitwe rivals Power Dynamos.
Coach George Nsimbe’s KCCA FC arrived in Kitwe on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the game. The Coach promised to get another win away from home similar to that against El Merreikh in the preliminary round.
To reach the first round KCCA FC shocked the Sudan champions 3-2 on goal aggregate, while Nkana needed to be at their best to humble Mbabane Swallows from Swaziland 5-2 and qualify on a 5-4 aggregate.
Tony Odur, who scored in each leg of the preliminary round and last year’s top scorer in the league Herman Wasswa, will join Tom Masiko and Brian Majwega in the starting lineup. Steven Bengo, who also missed the preliminary round, was left in Kampala still nursing a muscle strain.
But after their morale boosting 3-1 win over local side Red Arrows in the Charity Shield last weekend, Nkana Red Devils’ coach Masautso Mwale will expect his boys to make use of the home ground and support.
Mwale will also be hoping that key players Ronald Kampamba, Lottie Nyimbili and midfielders Claude Bwalya and Kelvin Mubanga who missed the Charity Shield tie last weekend are fit for the game.
Nkana Red Devils have never lost to a Ugandan side and in their last meeting with KCCA FC in 1992 they won 4-0 at home before winning 2-0 at the Nakivubo Stadium.