ZESCO United will this afternoon try to cover up for the shocking 1-2 beating from Forest Rangers two weeks ago when they host bitter rivals Nchanga Rangers today in a Week 10 rescheduled match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The reigning champions, who are on seventh position on the log with 20 points and four games in hand are wounded and want to collect three points this afternoon to finish the first half of the season on top of the table.
However, Zesco will not have it easy as Nchanga Rangers, who are in the relegation zone with 12 points, will be playing to fight demotion.
Nchanga coach Fighton Simukonda said his charges know what was at stake – to survive relegation – and will apply everything in the soccer handbook to collect full points from Zesco.
“ZESCO are the current defending champions but should expect a surprise. We have something to fight for, which is to survive relegation before the season goes on break. I expect a very tough game as our opponents will also want a win,” he said.
Elsewhere Kitwe giants Power Dynamos will host the Police Service sponsored side Nkwazi at Arthur Davies Stadium in another anticipated thriller. Nkwazi on Sunday moved into second position with 22 points ahead of Forest Rangers on goal difference after they held Green Buffaloes to a goalless draw. The team is determined to collect three points in this afternoon’s match. Nkwazi coach Elijah Chikwanda said the boys were not intimidated in anyway and will focus on getting a win.
“Power Dynamos do not send any shivers to my lads; we will go into today’s game to collect maximum points and nothing else. I have seasoned players capable of controlling the pressure against the Kitwe side. For us it’s about going on break among the top three on the log,” he said.
Power is on fourth position with 21 points but have three games in hand. In the week 14 rescheduled fixture, Nakambala Leopards will face Red Arrows at Nakambala Stadium in Mazabuka. Nakambala is bottom on the log with nine points while Arrows is on 10th place with 16 points.