Nkana, NAPSA Stars qualify for Confederation Cup Group stage
Zambian champions Nkana Football Club and debutants NAPSA Stars on Sunday made it to the group stages of the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup after completing the qualification run with tense second leg matches.
Nkana lost 1-2 to TAS de Casablanca in Morocco but qualified to Africa’s second tier competition via a 3-2 aggregate score – a similar score that secured NAPSA’s passage to the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup at the expense of Gor Mahia of Kenya.
The Kelvin Kaindu drilled Nkana conceded two first half goals by Bentayg in the 4th minute and captain Aymane Dairan’s header in the 38th minute but Simon Mulenga’s fine finish from close range in the 57th minute was all the Kitwe giants needed to book a place in the group stages.
At Heroes stadium in Lusaka, NAPSA needed a late penalty from striker Emmanuel Mayuka to send them in the group stages to tie the second leg match at 2-2, giving the Lusaka based side an advantage having won the first leg 1-0 away in Nairobi.
With 30 seconds left on the clock, Jimmy Mukeya was hacked in the box and Lesotho referee Martin Lebalang wasted no time to point to the spot.
Mayuka stepped up and sent Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch the wrong direction to send supporters into wild celebrations. Nkana and NAPSA will know their opponents after the draws are conducted on Monday in Cairo, Egypt.