VICTOR KUMWENDA, Lusaka
ZANACO coach Mumamba Numba is anticipating a tough Super Division rescheduled Week Six contest against Nchanga Rangers as the Bankers seek closing the gap with leaders Lumwana Radiants to one point.
Lumwana have 14 points, four clear of third-placed Zanaco, who held Egyptian side Al Ahly to a goalless draw in last Saturday’s CAF Champions League Group D match in Alexandria.
Second-placed Zesco United have 11 points.
“Rangers are playing good football. I have watched them, it’s not a team to underrate. Rangers beat Nkana [1-0] and if we go there [Chingola, thinking] that we have already won awards we will be shocked.
“I have told them [players] that football is played on the pitch. We have to win to keep pressure on Lumwana. Otherwise, we are focused on tomorrow’s [today] game,” Numba said.
The Bankers have netted an impressive 14 times and conceded four goals in five league games this season.
Zanaco are also unbeaten in the Champions League having won once and drawn four times.
Last season, Zanaco beat Rangers 2-0 apiece in Chingola and in the reverse fixture.
Numba will look to Felix Nyaende, Augustine Mulenga, Saith Sakala, Kennedy Musonda, Richard Kasonde and Ziyo Tembo for victory.
Sakala, Musonda, Mbewe and Kasonde have scored a combined 10 goals.
Ghanaian Atram Kwame is the other option upfront.
On the other hand, 17th placed Rangers have won once, drawn twice and lost two times.
“There is always pressure when the results are not okay. I know Zanaco are a strong team but we are ready for them. We need to win games to finish on a respectable position,” Mwape said.
Rangers will rely on Kasonde Bwalya and Samson Mubanga to stun Zanaco.