MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
KITWE Playing Field (KPF) coach Maybin Sinkala says his charges are not intimidated to face champions Red Arrows in tomorrow’s National Rugby League Week Five top of the bill clash.
KPF have 18 points, three better than second-place Arrows, who have a game in hand.
Sinkala said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that KPF are ready for battle.
“It will be a tough encounter and will do our best to ensure that we grab full points. Pressure is there because even them [Arrows] they don’t want to lose. It will be a 50-50 affair because we all want to be on top.
“We are ready for the game. Arrows is just like any other team and we respect them but we will compete against them,” Sinkala said.
Last season, Arrows beat KPF 6-3 in Kitwe and triumphed 21-0 win at home.
Sinkala challenged his team to rise to the occasion.
Meanwhile, Zambia Rugby Union general secretary Francis Chitambo said Week Five matches will played as scheduled despite the national mourning.
“We got guidance from National Sports Council of Zambia regarding this weekend’s games in view of the national mourning. We have been advised that the games will go on as scheduled but we will have to observe a minute of silence before the commencement of the games,” Chitambo said.
President Lungu has declared national mourning in honour of veteran freedom fighter Salome, widow of former Vice-President Simon Kapwepwe.