There would be no fairy tale ending in what was dubbed the ‘David and Goliath’ contest, as Young Green Buffalos faced off against Nkana Football Club.
For Young Green Buffalos it was a match to upset the odds and for Nkana it was about getting their hands on that elusive Barclays Cup and getting the job done without their tallysman Idriss Mbombo.
It was a fast paced start to the match as Nkana had a great scoring opportunity as early as the first minute of the encounter, but Ronald ‘sate sate’ Kampamba, the landlord, scuffed his shot wide.
With lots of ball possession, it was no surprise when Nkana took the lead in the 8th minute through Ronald Kampamba, benefiting from a neat Walter Bwalya cross who was having a great time commanding the right flack of the pitch.
Nkana extended their lead in the 38th minute with a second goal from Kampamba, pushing the Kalampa half way through to their first Barclays Cup.
Young Green Buffalos had little chances in and around the 18 yard area and the rare chance they got were met by Alan Chibwe who made two smart saves to deny them a goal. Mwiinde should have done better in the 5th minute, much earlier in the game but his shot was timid and Chibwe made an easy catch.
Half time and Nkana Red Devils were completely in the driving seat.
Nkana came out of the blocks early in the second half and in no time Man Of The Match Walter Bwalya added his name to the score sheet, kicking off the party for the Kitwe outfit.
This was their cup and Young Green Buffalos had no come back and did not look to threaten at all, it was not all doom and groom for Young Green Buffalos as Abeauty Simazuwo was the Player of the Tournament and their coach Josphat Mwansa got the Coach of the Tournament awards.
Nkana finally won the Barclays Cup in a befitting way to bring the curtain down in what has been a great competition.