Zesco United winning their eighth league title on Saturday and further closing in on the record held by 12 and nine-time champions Nkana and Mufulira Wanderers, respectively, the two clubs still believe they will not be knocked off their perches any time soon.
It is some bold prediction particularly for ‘Mighty’, whose last league title was in 1996 under Ashios Melu and have spent the better part of the last few years hovering between the Super Division and Division One.
Nkana who last won the 12th title in 2013 and have been serious challengers in recent years, probably have some justification to dismiss the threat from Zesco, who have dominated the league since winning their first title in 2007.
“We still have 12 titles. They have eight, so the difference is four. That is a lot. We can win four more league titles in four years,” said Nkana president Evalisto Kabila.
Kabila believes restructuring of Super Division and their extended CAF games disadvantaged Nkana.
“They are very lucky because Nkana was not in Stream A. They have misbehaved. They were racing with small boys. When I knew they were playing with Green Eagles, I knew they were going to win. When they played Zanaco, I knew they were going to win. But if they played Nkana, it was going to be a different story,” Nkana supremo said.
Wanderers chief executive officer Iden Zulu said the fact should not be forgotten is that the legendary Mufulira side has won 43 titles overall and they are working on assembling a strong team which will return the team to their glory days.
“We have produced a lot of great players. We can mention Kalusha Bwalya, Dickson Makwaza and Samuel’ Zoom’ Ndholovu,” he said.
“But who [Zesco] are they going to mention after some years from now? When you talk of Idris Mbombo [former Zesco player of Congolese decent], where is he coming from?” Wanderers chief executive officer asked