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Nkwazi face Power test

SECOND-placed Nkwazi will today seek reducing the gap between them and leaders Zanaco to three points when they take on Power Dynamos in a Super Division rescheduled Week 10 encounter at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
Nkwazi have 22 points, one better than Power, Lusaka Dynamos and Mufulira Wanderers. Zanaco have 28 points.
Defending champions Zesco United host Nchanga Rangers in a rescheduled Week 10 tie while Nakambala Leopards face Red Arrows in a rescheduled Week 14 match.
Nkwazi have everything to play for when they visit Power.
Elijah Chikwanda’s Nkwazi are enjoying a good run of form and will travel to Kitwe for maximum points.
Nkwazi, who have won six times drawn four and lost three, will depend on marksman Steward Chikandiwa who deserves a national team call up, to continue with the chase for the first Super Division title.
Power, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Rangers in Kitwe last Saturday, should up their game if they are to overcome the Zambia Police outfit.
The Kitwe giants have collected two points from a possible six in the last two games. They drew 1-1 with Green Eagles in Choma on June 14.
Power coach Tenant Chilumba has live arsenal in Martin Phiri, Kennedy Mudenda, Kelvin Mubanga and Larry Bwalya to halt Nkwazi’s cruise.
This match pits national team coach George Lwandamina against his assistant, Fighton Simukonda.
Lwandamina is at the helm of Zesco while Simukonda is in charge at Rangers.
Zesco will be eager to return to winning ways when they face Rangers at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Zesco have so far lost 1-2 apiece to Nkwazi and Forest Rangers at home.
Lwandamina will assemble a full squad comprising goalkeeper and skipper Jacob Banda, midfielders Kondwani Mtonga and Justin Zulu and strikers Jackson Mwanza and Winston Kalengo – all national team players.
The five were part of the home-based Chipolopolo which lost 1-2 to Namibia in the 2016 Rwanda African Nations Championship qualifier last Sunday in Windhoek.
Rangers, lying third from bottom with 12 points, need to start picking points if they are to remain in the big league.
Simukonda will rely on Fashion Sakala and Spencer Ngalande to beat Zesco.
Zesco have 20 points.
With one win, six draws and six defeats, Nakambala Leopards, who today face Red Arrows, must start winning if they are to survive relegation.