STRIKER Evans Kangwa is ineligible to play for Nkana in the 2014 CAF Champions League despite his dramatic return to the club this week.
Nkana secretary Ken Mwansa confirmed in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that Kangwa would not feature for the club in the initial phase of their CAF Champions League campaign.
“No, not at all but if we qualify to the group stage then he will be eligible to play. We still need him. He will bring a new dimension to the team. We are looking at the combination with the likes of Sate Sate (Ronald Kampamba), Bruce (Musakanya) and Frank Chibuye, it will be marvellous,” Mwansa said.
Kangwa, the 2011 season top scorer, missed the final registration window for the Champions League by two weeks.
The CAF deadline for clubs to submit their final 30-member lists for the initial three rounds of continental club competition’s was January 15.
And Kangwa is expected to make his competitive return to club football for the first time since 2012 this weekend when Nkana face Nchanga Rangers in the 2014 Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield semi-finals at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
The striker missed the entire 2013 season after six months on a protracted trial spell in Spain before storming out of Nkana in August after his prospective move to Europe collapsed.
Meanwhile, Nkana will face Swazi club Mbabane Swallows next weekend in their CAF Champions League preliminary first round away leg game on February 9 before hosting the latter on February 15 in Kitwe.
Winner over both legs will face either Sudan side El Merriekh or Kampala City Council FC of Uganda in the first round in March.