PREMIER Division side Nkwazi Football club is to camp in Mongu as part of its six weeks training and preparation programme for 2016 games.
Coach Elijah Chikwanda told the Daily Nation that the team would resume training tomorrow as per its pre-season training programme.
“We will camp in Mongu for some time during our month-long training schedule for the players to blend after our off-season period ends today,” said Chikwanda
Chikwanda said he was looking forward to the new season in which the team was expected to bring in new faces to beef up the squad which lost the Barclays Cup last season 0-2 at the hands of fellow defence force-sponsored outfit, Green Buffaloes.
“We are in transition right now from the off-season into the pre-season preparations and we are starting our preparations tomorrow. Included on our six-week training programme is the camping in Mongu where we will need to blend the players and prepare adequately before the 2016 games begin,” Chikwanda said.
He said the club was considering acquiring new players during the transfer window period to add depth to the team but could not disclose which players the police-sponsored squad was courting.
“We are in talks with a few players but this is an in-house issue and so, I will not disclose which players we want to buy ahead of the season but the club will be able to disclose when the plans materialise,
“Our aim is to ensure that the players have adequate time to prepare during the six weeks training programme for them to bond well,” he said.
Last season, Nkwazi finished seventh after 30 rounds of matches played in the season in which they garnered 43 points from a possible 90 points, 24 points adrift of champions ZESCO United who are representing Zambia in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition.
The team also came close to clinching its first Barclays Cup title at the Nkoloma stadium on November 14 last year but lost to Green Buffaloes via two first half goals from Stephen Kabamba and Christopher Katongo.
Nkwazi were in pole position to cause an upset especially after dispatching favourites ZANACO 5-3 on post-match penalties after a 1-1 result at full-time at Nkoloma Stadium in the semi-finals.