Football

All to play for in Super Division

Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI
THE Super Division title race is getting interesting as it nears its end.
Tailenders New Monze Swallows, with 16 points, are as good as demoted.
Swallows, one of the three teams representing Southern Province in the Super Division, have won three, drawn seven and lost 19 in 29 matches.
Leaders Zesco United have been average, so are Zanaco, who should have had an inconsistent campaign this season.
Zesco have 63 points, one better than Green Buffaloes while third-placed Nkana have 55 points at par with Green Eagles, who are fourth.
Zanaco have 50 points and in fifth position, while sixth-placed Power Dynamos have 49.
Kabwe Warriors and Buildcon are in seventh and eighth positions with 47 and 46 points respectively.
The top four teams will represent the country in the 2019 Africa inter-club competitions.
Zambia will have two representatives in the Champions League and two in the Confederation Cup.
Buffaloes look more beefy without any brawn in a season they should really have surpassed their own performance of yesteryear.
Buffaloes last won a league title in 1981 and 37 years down the line, the best they have achieved is finishing second on three occasions.
The top position might change this weekend when Zesco tackle Buffaloes in a top-of-the-bill fixture in Ndola.
Should Zesco, who lost 1-0 to Warriors last Saturday, beat the Zambia army-sponsored side, they will open up a four-point lead.
Zesco also have a game in hand against struggling New Monze Swallows.
But should Buffaloes overcome Zesco, they will go two points clear and it will be game on.
This is how tight the 2018 title race has become.
Nkana are also in contention for a record 13th league title.
If the Kitwe giants display the same form they showed when they edged Buffaloes 1-0 in Lusaka on Sunday, then they will put pressure on Zesco and Buffaloes.
After all, the points difference between Zesco and Nkana is eight.
Eagles have also punched above their weight and could grab one of the continental slots.
This is one of the best seasons for Eagles, who are bankrolled by the Zambia National Service (ZNS).
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) will submit a provisional list of six teams in Week 37 as potential representatives in the Champions League and Confederation Cup.
It is encouraging that FAZ and Super Division clubs met last Friday to resolve the misunderstanding that arose when the national soccer body announced that it would submit the list of teams to the Confederation of African Football in Week 35.
This is how it should be because football is a unifier.
May the best team win the 2018 Super Division title.
Keep me posted on sphiri@daily-mail.co.zm, phiristeve4@gmail.com

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