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Power, Buffaloes seek keeping Napsa in sight

Ng'onga.

VICTOR KUMWENDA, Lusaka
POWER Dynamos and Green Buffaloes will today reduce the gap with leaders Napsa Stars to one point if they beat their opponents in Super

Division Week 20 matches.
Second-placed Power and Buffaloes have 32 points apiece, four behind Napsa, who take on Nchanga Rangers in Chingola tomorrow.
Power host Lusaka Dynamos while Buffaloes are away to Mufulira Wanderers.
Champions Zanaco have a tricky tie against Red Arrows while fifth-placed Nkana travel to Nakambala Leopards.
POWER v DYNAMOS
The teams drew 3-3 in a Week One match at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka but Power protested that Dynamos had used an ineligible player, Trezor Kanyinda, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) disciplinary committee on May 16 this year awarded Power three points.
But Dynamos appealed against the ruling causing FAZ to reverse the decision until the appeals committee determined the case.
The appeals committee will hear the case next week.
Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe will host this grudge match.
Power stand-in coach Anderson Phiri will be calling shots in the dugout in the absence of his boss, Dan Kabwe, who is unwell.
Power, who came from behind to beat Kabwe Warriors 2-1 on Wednesday, will rely on Luka Lungu and Alex Ng’onga to keep the title chase on track.
Lungu and Ng’onga are enjoying top form and Dynamos defenders should be tight to avoid the third defeat of the season.
Dynamos manager Patrick Phiri has live ammunition in Chris Mugalu, Marvin Jere and Mwansa Nsofwa.
Fourth-placed Dynamos have 31 points.
ARROWS v ZANACO
Both teams won on Wednesday with Zanaco edging Forest Rangers 1-0 while Red Arrows trounced City of Lusaka 3-0.
On the Super Division log eighth-placed Zanaco have 26, two better than Arrows, who are 11th on the log making today’s match too close to call.
Zanaco will look to goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata, skipper Ziyo Tembo, midfielders Richard Kasonde, Augustine Mulenga and Ernest Mbewe and striker Felix Nyaende to overcome Arrows and keep Napsa in sight.
Striker Patrick Ngoma and midfielder Bruce Musakanya, who scored a brace and contributed the other goal, respectively, in the bashing of City, will be eager to replicate the same performance when Zanaco visit Nkoloma Stadium.
The teams drew 1-1 in an earlier meeting.
NAKAMBALA v NKANA
Nkana will seek maintaining momentum when they face Nakambala in Mazabuka.
Having beaten Wanderers 2-1 last Sunday and Konkola Blades 1-0 three days ago, Nkana need victory to remain in contention for the league title.
But Nakambala beat Nchanga Rangers 1-0 on Wednesday and will aim for a win over the Kitwe giants.
Nakambala, on 20 points, are 14th on the log.
WANDERERS v BUFFALOES
Buffaloes will target a double over Wanderers, whom they beat 3-0 in Lusaka.
Buffaloes coach Bilton Musonda will look to Brian Mwila, Diamond Chikwekwe and Mike Katiba to close in on Napsa.
But Wanderers have quality in Rahim Osman, Mathews Macha, Joseph Sitali and Crispin Sakulanda to stun Buffaloes.
In other matches, Forest Rangers welcome Lumwana Radiants, Buildcon face Real Nakonde in Ndola, Nkwazi lie in wait for Kabwe Warriors and Green Eagles entertain City of Lusaka in Choma.
Tomorrow, Nchanga Stadium in Chingola will host a double header involving Rangers versus Napsa and Blades against Zesco United. (See Super Division Table on Page 14).

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