By MICHAEL MIYOBA
LUSAKA Automotive Futsal Academy coach Andrea Cristoforeti will keep his fingers crossed and hope for the best as his charges aim to retain the Premier Futsal League title when they face Monze George in the second PFL final play off at Automotive Indoor Futsal Arena.
Cristoforetti, who guided Automotive to a 6-3 win in the first final play-off played last Saturday predicted a tough encounter as the two sides lock horns.
“I hope it will be similar to the game we played on Saturday. A game of good intensity with both teams fighting that is the main objective.
“It will be a great reward if we can close it in two games and finish off the season on a positive note,” Cristoforetti said.
“And the reality is that it doesn’t matter who wins it but I have to congratulate the kids for playing the play-off in really great shape. The kids have fought very well and they were not scared of anyone which is very positive for me,” Cristoforetti said.
If they beat Monze George in today’s final play-off, Auto will complete a double this season after winning the inaugural Premier Futsal League (PFL) Cup following an 8-3 beating of Chipata Boys in the final played last month.
Meanwhile, after losing the first final play-off, Monze George, who eliminated giants Kabwe K-Line to reach the finals will have to produce another impressive performance to cause an upset for the finals played in best of three sets to go to the wire.
In the National Division One Futsal League play-off, Pioneer Avengers and BS Stars face off in the last final play-off with the winner earning promotion to the Premier Futsal League.
Avengers lost game one of the National Division One final play-off 8-6, before being 6-3 victors in the second final play-off to send the qualifiers to the wire.
The winner in today’s final division one play-off will join Young Zanaco who won promotion to the PFL after winning the Division One National Futsal League.