Nkana Football Club were finally crowned champions of the Zambia Super League after second-placed Forest Rangers could only manage a 0-0 draw in their re-arranged fixture against Zanaco on Sunday.

Nkana claimed a 13th Super League title, extending their record as the most successful club in the Zambian league, but claimed their victory by the narrowest of margins.

Nkana and Rangers both finished on 50 points from the shortened Super League season that saw 27 of the 34 rounds played, but the former’s +17 goal-difference was four better off than Rangers, who are denied their first ever title victory.

Zanaco had originally been handed a 3-0 walkover win in this fixture after Rangers did not contest the original game that was scheduled for 18 July, after 17 of their players tested positive for Covid-19.

But they successfully managed to overturn that ruling, which handed them a lifeline in the championship, though it was ultimately one they could not take.