Football

FAZ can do it better

Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI
IT IS final that representatives of the 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) inter-club competitions will be decided three rounds be-fore the end of the season.The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) should ensure all the 38 games are played before the CAF deadline.
That is the fairest and most logical thing to do.
Anything short of that is a mockery to the league competition.
It has never happened anywhere in modern day football.
Teams can play two games in a week as it happens in Europe.
We should not cheapen the league. The Super Division is a professional league and is among the best on the continent.
The MTN Super Division is envied in Africa, and football followers in all the 54 countries are glued to pay television channel SuperSport to watch Zambian teams battling it out week in and out.
Nine points is a big haul, you may find a team that finishes fifth representing Zambia, which is a possibility when one looks at the figures on the Super Division table.
Come on FAZ, we can do it better. Zesco United, who have two games in hand, are on top with 62 points at par with second-placed Green Buffa-loes.
Green Eagles, third with 54 points, Nkana, are trailing in fourth position on 52 and Zanaco in fifth position on 50 points are all in contention for CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup slots.
Others are sixth-placed Power Dynamos with 48 points, Buildcon with 46 points in seventh position and eighth-placed Kabwe Warriors on 44 points.
There is need for Zambia’s CAF envoys to earn their places at the end of the season and not in round 35.
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It was nice to see striker Lazarus Kambole net a hat-trick in Zesco’s 3-0 win over Mbabane Swallows of eSwatini.
It was Zesco’s first win in the CAF Champions League group stage.
Kambole’s five-minute hat-trick is the fastest in the history of the CAF Champions League.
The 25-year-old striker has entered Africa’s Guinness Book of Records and this is good for Zambian football.
The Ndola side are third in Group D with five points, one behind Angolan outfit Desportivo Premeiro Agosto, who drew 1-1 with leaders Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, who have 11 points.
Zesco will need to beat Etoile in Ndola next Tuesday and hope that the match between Agosto and Swallows in Luanda ends in a draw. If such a scenario happens, then Zesco will qualify for the last eight.
Zesco should go for a kill when Etoile visit Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Impossible is nothing and football being a funny odd game, Zesco could stagger to the quarter-finals of Africa’s premier club competition on the last day.
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