Zesco won the first leg of the Copperbelt derby 2-0 at home in Ndola on February 3, in a historic first-ever CAF inter-club fixture between two Zambian clubs.
The mercurial 24-year-old DR Congo-born Nkana captain has led from the front in his second continental campaign with the record Zambian champions following a forgettable and brief outing in the 2018 CAF Champions League where the Kitwe club made a first round exit.
The 2018/2019 season has been more progressive for Bwalya who scored his debut continental goal in December in a 3-1 away loss at Simba in the CAF Champions League on their way to being relegated to the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs.
The forward has been at Nkana since July 2016 when he initially joined the Kitwe giants on a season-long loan from Forest Rangers before penning a three-year deal with Zambia’s record 12-time league champions.
He scooped the 2016 FAZ Golden boot that season with 24 goals, and ironically that, was also the last time that he scored against Zesco in all competitions when he netted a brace in a 3-2 away league win over the Copperbelt rivals. That away victory ended Nkana’s 17- match winless run against Zesco after 11 defeats and six draws since the latter returned to the top flight in 2004.
“I don’t have a problem with that. In football, sometimes you score sometimes you don’t,” sounded a modest Bwalya about his three -year goal drought against Zesco.
But Bwalya is looking forward to Sundays Day Five Group C showdown after losing to Zesco in the first leg.
Club: Zesco United
Kambole joined Zesco in 2014 from Konkola Blades but found the going tough in his first three seasons with the seven-time Zambian champions due to stiff competition from then established strikers Winston Kalengo and Jackson Mwanza.
But the 25-year-old striker was patient and in 2017 his stock began to rise during the brief reign of Serbian coach Zlatko Kromptic who gave Kambole his big break.
Then came 2018 and Kambole‘s potential flourished scoring 11 league goals, seven in the CAF Champions League in which he scored the quickest hat-trick in the competition’s history in a 3-0 away win over Mbabane Swallows of Eswatini in a group stage match on August 18.
Kambole’s exploits in 2018 also saw him score six Chipolopolo goals last year, two came during his Zambia debut when he was thrust straight onto the big stage at the African Nations Championship in Morocco and he has never looked back thereafter.
This season, the 25-year old has already scored seven goals in ten continental matches for Zesco; three have come in the Total CAF Confederation Cup.
Interestingly, after five years at Zesco, Kambole heads into the final leg date against Nkana with just one competitive goal against their compatriots.
That goal came in the first leg Group C meeting on February 3 that Zesco won 2-0 at home in Ndola at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.