14 February 2013

Zambia: Power in Injury Scare

POWER Dynamos right-back Govender Simwala is doubtful for Sunday's Orange 2013 Confederations of Africa Football (CAF) Confederation Cup first round, first leg against Clube Recreativo de Caala of Angola because of a leg injury.

Simwala, the son of the late Zambia midfielder Moses Simwala, sustained the injury about two weeks ago during a training match against newly-promoted MTN-FAZ Premier Division side Kalulushi Modern Stars.

Power coach Beston Chambeshi said yesterday before the team's workout at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe that Simwala had since then being feeling pain slightly above the left ankle.

Chambeshi said the player went for a scan on Monday and the technical staff was by Press time waiting for results that would determine whether or not he would be fit for the encounter.

He said apart from Simwala's injury, the team was injury-free and looking forward to the match against the Angola side that previously had former internationals Elijah Tana and Harry Milanzi on their books.

Chambeshi said the coaching bench was looking at polishing up the attack and midfield because the team had to maximise on home ground advantage by recording a good win ahead of the return match slated for Huambo on the weekend of March 2-3.

Among the players found at the training session was former Zanaco midfielder Venacious Mapande, who recently quit the Zanaco bank-sponsored outfit.

And Power secretary, Aaron Ng'ambi said Caala were expected to arrive at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola tomorrow and would be lodging at Kitwe's Moba Hotel.


ELIAS CHIPEPO reports that Mbabane Swallows' striker Mfanafuthi 'Taribo' Bhembe is confident of victory over Zambian champions, Zanaco, when the two sides battle it out in the Champions League preliminary round first leg clash on Saturday.

The Swazi side that was expected to arrive in Zambia today would be boosted by more than 60 fans, who would be travelling for the clash set for Sunset Stadium in Lusaka and Bhembe minced no words, saying that Swallows were coming to Zambia to win.

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