MWEMBE KAONA, Lusaka
PERENNIAL rivals Matero Magic and University of Zambia Pacers take to the court today in a Midlands Basketball Association Week Five fixture in
a match whose result could alter the status of the league leadership as the two sides closely trail each other.
Billed for National Sports Development Centre in Lusaka, Magic coach Obert Shamboko has described the match as a tough fixture but is optimistic his boys will deliver and confine Pacers to third position.
“It will be tough but I am hoping the result will go our way because we have been practising hard for this fixture which we always look forward,” Shamboko said.
Top rated national team power forward Choongo Chona will be part of the strategy along with Moonga Chipili, Fred Kaela and Harrison Kapumpa to contain Pacers who are strong under the boards.
Shamboko’s outfit will have to look out for Pacers point guard Gosa Hamudulu, power forward Francis ‘Mondoz’Chilebela, who has been in fine form and the rebounding John Kawana.
Since the season commenced, Magic have played and won four matches with their last victory being a convincing 72-47 win over Napsa Hurricanes, who tomorrow face Lusaka City Council Looters.
Pacers, who have won three of the four matches are third on the table, last week silenced Looters 73-60 in a Week Four fixture.
Second placed Green Buffaloes take on third from bottom Nishati Denvers.
MBA feminine league champions UNZA Honeys will cross paths with Nishati Shells in a midmorning fixture while Magic Sparks take on Lusaka Hotspours.
In the men’s’ B -League leaders, Earthrow Bulldogs hope to stretch their unbeaten run when they play Junior Buffaloes in the day’s opening fixture at Zamsure Sports Complex.
Kabwe Legends fresh from their narrow 80-79 win over Harry Chansa’s ZCAS Blazers again travel to the capital city to face third placed Huskies.