Beston Chambeshi will mark his first day on the job as Nkana coach on Saturday with the big Kitwe derby home clash at Nkana Stadium against Power Dynamos.
There are high expectations from the 2017 U20 AFCON winning coach, who also guided Young Chipolopolo to their debut quarterfinal
qualification at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup.
Chambeshi replaced Zeddy Saileti who was fired after just 11 games in charge in which he won four,drew four and lost three.
Nkana and Power head into the derby separated by just one point on 16 and 17 points in in 8th and 6th position respectively.
Reactions to Chambeshi’s return have been mixed and results on Saturday could be a barometer on his third stint as Nkana coach.
Furthermore, Power are unbeaten against Nkana in their last three derby meetings with two wins and a draw and the visitors beat the latter 1-0 in their last meeting at Arthur Davies Stadium in September..
Nkana last derby victory over Power was in May 2015 in a 1-0 home win coincidentally under Chambeshi in his second stint at the club before he was fired.
But Chambeshi is unbeaten beyond that date against Power from his previous post at Lumwana Radiants last season with 0-0 home and away draws.
The new Nkana coach should fancy his chances that his luck will continue against Power who are also the only unbeaten side in the league this season.
Victory over Power that will end their unbeaten league will go in some way for Chambeshi to win over the undecided Nkana fans.