11 August 2012

Zambia: Money and Power Battle Rages On

THE MTN-FAZ Premier League enters match day 20 this afternoon with the top three sides Zesco United, Zanaco and Power Dynamos hoping to reap maximum points to bounce back from last weekend's defeats.

League leaders Zesco with 38 points, a 1-0 defeat at Green Buffaloes, while Red Arrows edged second-placed Zanaco 1-0 to leave the bankers on 37 points as Nchanga Rangers stunned Power 0-2 at Arthur Davies in Kitwe.

Zesco host Konkola Blades at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, while Zanaco will be at Kanzinzi Stadium in Maamba to face Green Eagles with Power visiting Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe to take on Konkola Mine Police.

Zesco vs Blades

This is a game Zesco cannot afford to lose based on Blades' slump in form, although the border side pulled a goalless home draw last week in caretaker coach Enos Silwimba's first match in-charge.

Zesco coach Wedson Nyirenda has Jackson Mwanza, Winston Kalengo, Kangwa Chileshe and

John Ching'andu to deliver the goals and a safe pair of hands in goalkeeper Jacob Banda as well as Charles Siyingwa in defence.

Silwimba, who replaced fired legend Blades defender Manfred Chabinga two weeks ago, have struggled all the season after the team was depleted in off season following a mass exodus of key players.

Eagles vs Zanaco

This is a tricky match for the Keegan Mumba-coached Zanaco who have to redeem themselves after two straight defeats by facing wounded Green Eagles who last weekend tumbled 1-0 to Indeni at Musa Kasonka Stadium in Ndola.

Mumba would be counting on Lewis Macha, Moses Phiri, Henry Banda, Ignatius Luipa, Boyd

Mwangelwa and Elson Mkandawire for goals, while Aubrey Mhango and Tressford Mhango will lead the Eagles onslaught against Zanaco who have a game in hand.

Mine Police vs Power

Fresh from recording an impressive 0-1 win against Roan United, stubborn Konkola Mine

Police coached by Masautso Mwale hope to record a shock win over champions Power Dynamos who on paper are favourites for victory.

Musonda Mwape, Harrison Kaonga, Brian Chewe, Patrick Muchinga and Albert Mwape are some of the players Mwale will depend on, while Power coach Beston Chambeshi has Graven

Chitalu, Joseph Sitali, Kennedy Mudenda, Simon Bwalya and Mukuka Mulenga.

Arrows vs Nakambala

This looks like a routine win for 'Chicken' George Lwandamina's fourth-placed Red

Arrows side boasting of enterprising Bruce Musakanya, Stanley Nshimbi, Stanley Banda, Dan Sibanda and keeper Daniel Munyau.

However, Nakambala Leopards coached by Wilson Mwale can be dangerous on their day especially when former Lusaka Dynamos striker Patson Kaimana is on top of his game supplemented by Elvis Kataya, Moses Siyandi and Lameck Banda.

Nkana vs Roan

Nkana caretaker coach Zeddy Saileti hopes to build on his good run in-charge of the Wusakili outfit that has pulled a win and a draw in the two matches he has been at the helm since the departure of sacked Linos Makwaza.

Interestingly, one of the four matches Nkana has won in the league was a 0-3 bashing of troubled Roan United at Kafubu Stadium early this year and Evans Kangwa, Reynold Kampamba and Mwila Kabwe will attempt to complete a double over the Luanshya side.

Elsewhere, Rangers host Forest Rangers at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola, while in the bottom two battle, stone bottom National Assembly welcome Indeni to Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka and across town Napsa Stars host Buffaloes at Edwin Imboela.

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