MWEMBE KAONA, Lusaka
DEFENDING Midlands Basketball Association champions Matero Magic face a stern test against Napsa Hurricanes in a Week Three
fixture billed for National Sports Development Centre in Lusaka this afternoon.
It will be the second of the two top-of-the bill battles with the other involving team of the moment Lusaka City Council Looters and Hawks.
Magic stand favourites to win today’s first in the series encounter against Hurricanes but this season, the National Pension Scheme Authority sponsored outfit look a stronger outfit compared to last year.
Coach Mwape Konsolo is confident of a good showing by his boys but was cautious.
“We are injury free and I expect a good performance by my boys although I can say we are still building momentum for the season,” Konsolo said.
He has national team players Germain Mauwe, Zawalika Daka and the hardworking Lisimba Mate to depend on for a win.
His counterpart Obed Shamboko expressed similar sentiments but was quick to point out that star player Choongo Chona would not be available due to injury.
“We have Choongo injured, so he will sit out this game but we expect the current good form of Harrison Kafunga, Fred Kaela, Augustine Kainda, David Musonda and Nicholas Phiri to pull the team ahead,” Shamboko said.
In a lunch hour fixture, Green Buffaloes and Intrepid Bulls take to the court while the day’s match opener will feature Gallant Air Knights against Mulemwa Balamani’s Earthrow Bulldogs.
In the women’s league, Matero Magic Sparks date Napsa Breeze as they hope to make light of their opponents while at Zamsure Sports Complex, men’s B-league teams will have their fixtures played at Hawks Nest.
Demoted Green Eagles host Mazabuka’s Assumption Comets while Kabwe Legends will be guests of Lilanda Heats.