Sunday Apr 03, 2022. 14:00
Napsa Stars coach Perry Mutapa says it remains an uphill battle for them in the 2022 ABSA Cup finals despite beating giants Nkana in Saturday’s semifinal.
Mutapa’s side reached the ABSA Cup final following a 4-2 post-match penalty win over the 2018 winners and record 13-time Zambian league champions Nkana after a scoreless draw at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
The FAZ National Division 1 promotion favourites will face Red Arrows or Green Eagles in the final.
Just like Nkana, Arrows and Eagles are currently in the FAZ Super League top four.
“It’s a cup game. Just like today, Nkana are fourth on the log with a few games to go and in the top four bracket hoping to represent us in continental football if they keep the momentum,” Mutapa said.
“So again we will play either the league leaders Red Arrows or Green Eagles who are third. So it is going to be an uphill battle.”
Arrows and Eagles meet on Sunday at Woodlands to decide who plays Napsa on April 16 in the final across town at National Heroes Stadium.
“But this is football it is about eleven-against-eleven so it is not up to me to say which team I want to play,” Mutapa said.
“Red Arrows play good football and we know they will attack through James Chamanga.”
Mutapa said it is also never easy facing Eagles who are coached by ex-Chipolopolo boss Aggrey Chiyangi.
“Green Eagles are coached by a very experienced coach and are one of the most efficient teams. It is not easy to play against them,” Mutapa said.
Napsa are in their third ABSA Cup final after winning it in 2012 and finishing runners-up in 2017.
They are also hoping to become the first second tier side to win the ABSA Cup.