Zesco, Nkana renew rivalry

Chambeshi (left) and Krmpotic.

“IT’S tough. Zesco are strong and have the momentum but we must strive for a positive outcome to remain in contention for the Super Division title.

I know we have struggled for consistency but beating Zesco will boost our morale,” Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi said.
Leaders Zesco United take on Nkana in a Super Division Week 23 match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola today.
Second-placed Lusaka Dynamos engage Forest Rangers.
Zesco have 41 points, two better than Dynamos and six clear of Nkana.
When Nkana visited Zesco on November 6, 2016, they won 3-2 in a league match to end the Ndola side’s 12-year dominance over them.
The teams again met on April 2 this year at the same venue in the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield final and Zesco won 2-0 courtesy of John Ching’andu’s brace.
Today, the rivalry continues and Zesco will be seeking to maintain a grip on their lead while Nkana will target closing in on the top teams.
Zesco coach Zlatko Krmpotic will rely on Jesse Were, Jackson Mwanza, Dave Daka, Anthony Akumu and Davis Kasirye for maximum points.
But Nkana will look to goal-poacher Walter Bwalya for inspiration.
Bwalya, who returned to action last Saturday after a two-month nationality probe, will be eager to hit the ground running.
Bwalya scored a brace in the famous win over Zesco last November while Simon Bwalya contributed the other goal.
Ronald Kampamba, Shadreck Musonda, Jacob Ngulube and Danny Silavwe are other players that could lead Nkana to victory.
The first meeting in Kitwe ended 2-2.
Buoyed by Sunday’s 2-1 win over Buildcon, Dynamos will target a win over Forest.
Lining up goal-poacher Chris Mugalu, skipper Clatus Chama, Mwansa Nsofwa and Fwayo Tembo, manager Patrick Phiri has a formidable side.
But Forest, who thumped Kabwe Warriors 3-1 in Ndola on Sunday, have a deadly weapon in Logic Ching’andu, who netted a hat-trick on Sunday.
Third-placed Power will look for redemption when Buildcon visit Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
After drawing 1-1 with Nkwazi last Saturday, coach Danny Kabwe will expect an improved performance and will rely on Alex Ng’onga for goals.
But Power will not have it easy against Buildcon, who held them to a 1-1 draw in Ndola.
Green Buffaloes need to start winning if they are to end a 36-year wait for a league title.
Lying fourth from the top with 37 points, Buffaloes must beat Nchanga Rangers to keep the flame burning.
But Rangers, who lost 1-0 to Zesco, will be inspired by their performance against the Ndola side and will face Buffaloes with confidence.
Napsa Stars will strive to end a five-match winless streak when they host Nkwazi.
Since their 1-0 win over Warriors on July 15, Napsa have drawn three times and lost twice and are now lying in fifth position.
Nkwazi will seek to take advantage of Napsa’s rough patch to collect maximum points.
Elsewhere, Zanaco host Konkola Blades, Lumwana Radiants face Mufulira Wanderers, City of Lusaka are at home to Nakambala Leopards, Real Nakonde welcome Green Eagles and Kabwe Warriors tackle Red Arrows at Godfrey Chitalu Stadium.

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