The excitement of the Barclays Cup Semi Final with Nkana FC beating Rivals Power Dynamos 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 2-2 showed how much Aba Red want to win the elusive Barclays Cup title and also end a Cup drought that stretches back to 2000.
Nkana FC maybe one of the greatest Zambian clubs of all time with 12 league titles in the cabinet but the last time the club won a cup competition was in 2000 as Aba Red won both the BP Top 8 and the Mosi Cup that year to end the season with two cups despite finishing second in the league to rivals Power Dynamos.
Forward to 2018 and Nkana have not managed to win a single cup since then though the club can boast of two preseason Charity Shields with the last Shield being won this year in 2018 as Nkana FC beat Zesco United 4-3 in the final.
Aba Red can sense another cup and the timing doesn’t get any better than this as this is the last edition of the Barclays Cup before it rebrands to the ABSA Cup in 2019 and Nkana have won most cups on offer in Zambia with the Barclays Cup being the one the club has continuously failed to land.
Its been an epic 2018 Barclays Cup journey for Nkana which has seen them eliminating heavy weights Zesco United in the Quarter Finals as well as being part of one of the best Barclays matches of all time which saw them beat Power Dynamos in the Semi finals in a match that had everything from great goals, action, drama and controversy
The semi Final is now done and dusted and Nkana focuses on the final against Division 1 side Young Buffalos which will be played on Saturday the 10th of November at the National Heroes Stadium.
Idriss Mbombo may be gone but Walter Bwalya, Kelvin Mubanga, Ronald “Sate Sate” Kampamba will be key to ending the long drought.