NAPSA Stars beat Nkana 1-0 to revive their hopes of surviving relegation in a Week 27 MTN-FAZ Super League match played in Kitwe yesterday.
The 1-nill victory over Nkana in their backyard brought emotions of relief to Napsa Stars coach Wilson Mwale and the players.
Napsa Stars was bottom third on 24 points but after the win moved a step up, a point better than Konkola Blades on 26.
In first half, both teams enjoyed equal share of possession but exhibited poor communication in the frontline.
Nkana could have opened the score line in the 30th minute but goalkeeper Philip Banda was alert to save Simon Bwalya’s header.
Six minutes later Nkana came close to scoring again but Jimmy Ndlovu’s thunderbolt from outside the box was cleared by the Napsa goal minder.
Napsa Stars’ clear chance came in the 40th minute when they won a free kick after Nkana defender Joseph Musonda fouled Saith Sakala. However, Brian Lubaba’s cracker was again cleared by the goalkeeper.
Napsa Stars came in the second half more determined to break the deadlock, creating many chances on goal.
Their hard work paid off in the 70th minute when Saith Sakala scored from a rebound inside the box, to give Napsa Stars the needed three points.
Nkana almost equalised in the 82th minute through Diego Apanene, however referee Rodrick Ng’andu ruled the goal off-side. Nkana has maintained eighth position on 34 points.
Napsa Stars needs to win the remaining three matches of the 2015 season to solidify their relegation survival.
Coach Mwale commended the boys for putting up a strong fight to record a win away.
“ It was a tough match but the boys fought to the end. We knew that it would not be easy to beat Nkana at their backyard but we did. Hopes of survival are still there, I believe we will survive,” he said.