14 April 2012

Zambia: Power Back to Local Action

GREEN Buffaloes today face NAPSA Stars in the MTN/FAZ Premier Division Week Four skirmishes in a Lusaka derby as Power Dynamos face new comers Konkola Mine Police, while 11-time Zambian champions, Nkana make a short trip to Luanshya to face Roan United.

With leaders Zesco United out of action today, joint second-placed Zanaco and Red Arrows could both take this opportunity to overtake them if they win their matches against Green Eagles and Nakambala Leopards respectively.

Power v Mine Police Power start their post-Fordson Kabole era with a home game against promoted Konkola Mine Police with new head coach Beston Chambeshi seeking to already stamp his authority on a dressing that is low on morale.

Following their 6-1 loss to TP Mazembe, the defending champions must turn a new chapter if they hope to defend their coveted crown especially today's home game in order to give their fans something to cheer about.

It beats imagination that such potent strikers like Graven Chitalu and Felix Nyaende could not break the Congolese but it's the Mine Police defence that should be wary of a backlash from the yellow side of Kitwe.

The midfield combination of skipper Joseph Sitali and the two former Footballers-of the-Year, Kennedy Mudenda and Simon Bwalya, should get the work done for power and show that elimination from the CAF Champions League was merely an accident.

Buffaloes v NAPSA

Buffaloes have an immediate chance of redemption from their 2-0 Easter Monday loss to Zesco when they face NAPSA Stars who are, however, buoyed by their first win of the campaign after their success against Nakambala.

The pedigree on the NAPSA coaching bench led by Patrick Phiri and Peter Kaumba gives them little margin for error but the promoted side has started the season with indifferent form winning only one of their first three games.

Buffaloes on the other hand have picked four points from a possible nine and Justin Chinama could not have asked for a better time to return to winning ways than against Phiri's richly assembled old guards.

Chinama will be hoping his strike force of Ben Chilando, Reuben Tembo and Kennedy Chola and wingers Allan Mukuka and Dears Kakunta, carry with them their scoring boots to get him a result in from of home fans.

NAPSA should hope the football potency that Harry Milanzi still possesses can manifest into goals and benefit from the industry of Perry Mutapa and Tony Mukwasa; the duo who can make a deadly pairing on a good day.

Zanaco v Eagles

The 'Bankers' have started the season in fine form with the only blemish on their campaign so far being a blip against Zesco on the opening day of the season but so have their guest Eagles who are equally two wins to their credit.

Not surprisingly the old faithful Henry Banda who has twice survived a mass exodus at Sunset stadium is at the heart of things to push Zanaco for honours.

Other matches will see Nakambala Leopards host second placed Red Arrows who will be hoping to leapfrog Zesco onto the summit of the table albeit, only for 24 hours before the log leaders play Konkola Blades tomorrow.

Early season draw kings Roan face Nkana in Luanshya which could be potentially be painted red by travelling fans while Forest Rangers takes on Nchanga Rangers as National Assembly visit Indeni.

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