TITLE RACE TO BE DECIDED ON FINAL DAY OF THE SEASON
The 2014 MTN FAZ Super League will be decided on Saturday with Zanaco, Zesco United and Power Dynamos all involved in crucial matches.
Zanaco lead the standings with 57 points, second-placed Zesco United are a point adrift while Power Dynamos in third have 54 points.
At the bottom of the table Nakambala Leopards, Konkola Blades, Red Arrows, Kabwe Warriors and Green Buffaloes will play to avoid taking up the fourth and final spot in the relegation zone.
In this weekend’s top billed match leaders Zanaco who have won the league three times (2006, 2009, 2012) travel to city rivals Red Arrows whom they defeated 2-0 in the reverse fixture on June 28.
Zanaco will be bouyed by the fact that Red Arrows have only won once in nine recent matches played at Nkoloma Stadium.
However an away 2-0 victory over deposed champions Nkana a week ago and the return of from international duty of Danny Munyao, Shadreck Malambo and Bruce Musakanya as well as Bronson Chama who has recovered from a long term injury will give Mathews Phiri’s men confidence ahead of this Lusaka derby.
Zesco United in second place have previously won the league twice (2007,2008) and they host relegation-threatened Kabwe Warriors in a match both sides need to win for different reasons.
A win for Zesco will guarantee them a top two finish and participation in one of CAF’s club competitions while a win for Warriors will mean that they will be assured of playing in the Super League next season.
The match that has bearing on Kabwe Warriors’ survival will be played at Woodlands Stadium where Green Buffaloes host Indeni. A win for Buffaloes and a loss for Warriors will see the latter relegated, while a win or draw for either side will see the former relagated.
Third-placed Power Dynamos who will be chasing a seventh title lost ground after a 1-0 defeat to Zanaco will fancy their chances and hope to recover when they host Nakambala Leopards who defeated Zesco United 2 -0 ahead of this fixture. Dynamos were champions in 1984, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2011.
Power Dynamos have never lost to Nakambala Leopards in five previous meetings at Arthur Davies Stadium dating back to 2006 with the most recent result being a 3-1 victory recorded on 21st July, 2012. This season’s reverse fixture ended as a 1-1 draw on June 28.
At the bottom of the table Konkola Blades themselves in danger of being demoted host Roan United who will play Division One football next season.
Other matches on the card with no bearing on the title or the relegation dog-fight will see Nchanga Rangers hosting Konkola Mine Police while Green Eagles play host to Napsa Stars.
National Assembly will be at home to Nkana in the only match scheduled to be played on Sunday,
MTN FAZ SUPER LEAGUE WEEK 29 FIXTURES
Saturday, November 22
15:00 Nchanga Rangers vs Konkola Mine Police – Nchanga Stadium
15:00 Red Arrows vs ZANACO – Nkoloma Stadium
15:00 Green Eagles vs NAPSA Stars – Independence Stadium
15:00 ZESCO United vs Kabwe Warriors – Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
15:00 Power Dynamos vs Nakambala Leopards – Arthur Davies Stadium
15:00 Konkola Blades vs Roan United – Konkola Stadium
15:00 Green Buffaloes vs Indeni Saturday – Woodlands Stadium
Sunday, November 23
15:00 National Assembly vs Nkana – Woodlands Stadium