Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:07:03 +0000
ZANACO will today be presented with the MTN/FAZ league trophy at Shinde Stadium when they take on Mufulira Blackpool in a Week 34 game whose outcome will not matter for the bankers as they have already won the coveted prize. Zanaco won the league last weekend when rejuvenated Isaac Chansa scored a brilliant goal against Lumwana Radiants at home when the Mumamba Numba-drilled side only needed a draw to be crowned champions.
The trophy will be presented to them today. The bankers are the third most decorated club in league history together with legendary Nkana and Mighty Mufulira Wanders who have lifted it 12 and nine times respectively. Chansa’s master-class goal against Lumwana Radiants pushed the bankers to 75 points, helping them tuck away the league from defending champions, Zesco United, who were in hot pursuit of a second spot against Nkana in a bid to participate in the lucrative continental football next year.
The bankers, who were unchallenged at the top of the standings since Week 15 when they displaced Nkana at the summit, became certain of winning the league when they came from behind to defeat Napsa Stars 2-1 at Sunset Stadium a fortnight ago but they needed a single point from any of their remaining three matches to confirm their
title status. The winner came against Lumwana on Wednesday. Numba has had a mixture of fortunes in the past 14 days as he saw the Barclays Cup slipping through his fingers when Zesco beat the bankers 1-0 in the final played at the rain-drenched National Heroes Stadium, thanks to an Idris Mombo 71st minute goal to shatter his dreams of a double this season and the first Barclays Cup trophy since its inception in 2007. Zanaco erased their bitter memories of the humbling defeat five days later when they returned to action in the decisive league game against Lumwana and Numba’s boys did not disappoint as Chansa, the midfield maestro, got the job done. Zanaco will be presented with the trophy soon after the game against Blackpool in a match that will be televised live on Supersport today. Elsewhere, in a rescheduled Week 19 match, dethroned champions Zesco United closed the gap on second-placed Nkana to four points following their 1-0 victory over Napsa Stars at Levy