Football Sport

Power, Nkana renew rivalry

… Zanaco take on Blades
STEPHEN PHIRI reports:
THE El Classico of Zambian football is on today when Power Dynamos and Nkana renew their rivalry in the Barclays Cup quarter-finals at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
This is the match that brings the whole country to a standstill.
The tie could be compared to the Real Madrid against Barcelona clash in Spain, Manchester United versus Liverpool encounter in England, Inter Milan versus AC Milan match in Italy and the battle between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in South Africa.
This season, the teams met in the Super Division Week 12 clash at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium and the match ended 1-1.
In the other quarter-final match, Zanaco and Konkola Blades will be in action.
POWER v NKANA
Nkoloma Stadium will be the place to be when the Kitwe sides go for war.
While Power won the Barclays Cup twice in 2009 and 2011, were runners-up in 2008 and 2012 and reached the semi-finals in 2010, Nkana are yet to lift the trophy.
Nkana’s best run in the Barclays Cup was reaching the semi-finals in 2007 and 2011.
They were quarter-finalists in 2009 and 2013.
But that was then and Nkana are on cloud nine having won the 2013 Super Division title, reached the pre-quarter-finals of the 2014 Champions League and played in the group stage of the Confederation Cup.
“Our match against Power will be a final before the actual final. We have to prepare for everything, including penalties, to ensure we progress to the next round,” Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi said.
Chambeshi, a former Power coach, knows where to touch to beat the Ndeke township outfit and will instruct Ronald Kampamba, Simon Bwalya, Claude Bwalya, Festus Mbewe and Billy Mwanza to be clinical at goal.
Simon was at Power until early this year when he crossed over to Wusakile.
But Power coach Tenant Chilumba is yet to win a match against Nkana since his appointment last year in June.
Power lost 0-2 to Nkana away last year and managed a 1-1 draw at home before the teams settled for a 1-1 draw on June 14 this year.
ZANACO v BLADES
Zanaco will be aiming to make it three wins in a row past Blades.
Zanaco beat Blades 2-1 in Chililabombwe in a Super Division match and won 2-0 in Lusaka.
“Cup games are different from the league. We may have beaten Blades in a league match but that doesn’t mean we will beat them again. This is a different competition,” Zanaco coach Aggrey Chiyangi said.
Chiyangi has match winners in Roderick Kabwe, Dominic Yobe, Augustine Mulenga and Matthews Macha.
Zanaco are yet to win the Barclays Cup and the closest they came was finishing runners-up to Zesco in 2010.
But Blades will not allow Zanaco to continue with their dominance.
“We are going for the game. We are just thinking about our quarter-final match against Zanaco before thinking about the semi-finals,’’ Blades coach Enos Silwimba said.
‘Sharp’ Blades will rely on Anos Tembo and Humphrey Maseneko to cruise to the last four of the competition.
They finished runners-up in 2011, were semi-finalists in 2007 and were eliminated in the quarter-finals in 2012.


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