…as Numba and ‘Chicken George’ renew rivalry
By MICHAEL MIYOBA
AS the MTN Zambia Super League enters its ninth round, followers of the Zambian game will be asking if the Kitwe giants Nkana FC will be able to recover to collect their first win of the season when they face Prison Leopards after struggling with five defeats and three draws in the first eight games.
Kalampa are bottom on the FAZ Super League table with three points, 14 points behind the table toppers Red Arrows who have enjoyed five wins, two draws and only one defeat.
After coming close to winning their first game last weekend where they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Napsa Stars, Nkana will be seeking redemption against a Prison Leopards side with its own challenges to fight.
The Kabwe outfit now led by new coach Chris Kaunda has struggled with four defeats and one draw in the last five games and are 15th on the log with six points collected from one win, three draws and four defeats.
Today’s clash at President Stadium in Kabwe presents a tough test for both Kaunda and Ian Bakala who are yet to take victories since they took over at Prison Leopards and Nkana FC respectively.
Both Prison Leopards and Nkana FC have weak defence lines having conceded 10 and eight goals respectively.
Unlike Nkana who have only managed to score three goals in eight games, Prison Leopards boast of having one of the strongest frontlines with a goal ratio of one goal per game.
Meanwhile, Red Arrows will fight for maximum points when they meet Konkola Blades at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe to maintain top spot on the log.
Motivated by their victory over Napsa Stars, Prison Leopards and Nkwazi in the last three games, the Airmen are the favourites going into today’s fixture because Blades have only managed one win in the last five games and are 16th on the log with six points.
As they face the Airmen, Blades will be seeking to recover from two consecutive defeats to Kabwe Warriors and sensational Zanaco who thumped them 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
In the lunch time kick off at Konkola Stadium, “Mighty” Mufulira Wanderers will seek to bounce back from the painful 1-0 defeat to FC Muza who have a date with Napsa Stars at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
At Trade Fair Grounds in Ndola, George Lwandamina and Mumamba Numba will renew their rivalry when Zesco United and Kabwe Warriors face off in a match which promises sparks.
The two sides are enjoying good form after eight games, and both share the same statistics with the same number of points, 15 points collected from four wins, three draws and one loss each.
Motivated by the 2-0 beating of defending champions Power Dynamos last weekend, Warriors will be seeking revenge for the 1-0 defeat suffered the last time they faced the Ndola giants
At Independence Stadium in Choma, struggling Green Eagles will fight to recover from the painful service derby loss to Green Buffaloes when they host Trident FC.
Like Nkana FC, Trident are yet to taste victory in the Super League since winning promotion from the National Division one league.
High Flying Nkwazi will do everything possible to forget their 4-0 thumping by Red Arrows last weekend when they host the Zeddy Saileti-tutored Mutondo Stars at Edwin Imboela Stadium.
Tomorrow, Green Buffaloes will welcome Kansanshi Dynamos while defending champions Power Dynamos will seek to bounce back from two consecutive defeats when they face rejuvenated Sensational Zanaco FC at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.