THREE promoted MTN/FAZ super league clubs will be up against the country’s 2015 season’s top three teams when the FAZ 2016 elite league kicks off on March 12.
Defending champions and Zambia’s CAF Champions League representatives Zesco United will host Solwezi-based Lumwana Radiants at Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola in an explosive match which should give the new entrants a glimpse of what to expect in the top league.
With Chipolopolo coach George Lwandamina keen on maintaining an unbeaten run in the league, the Power utility sponsored side will be expected to give the newcomers a rude welcome with a bagful of goals.
In Kabwe, Warriors will be at home to prove to their supporters that their promotion to the elite league was not by fluke when they lay in wait for 2015 Super League runners up Zanaco who are representing the country in the CAF Confederation cup.Warriors defied all odds last season to win their ticket back to the super league and should kick off their campaign to remain in the top league with victory over the bankers.
In Mufulira, new-comers Mufulira Blackpool will be looking up to their stars to shine brightly when they host 2015 third placed and Tenant Chilumba tutored Power Dynamos In another explosive match on the official opening day of the 2016 season. Announcing the kick-off of the 2016 season FAZ licensing manager Erck Mwanza said the association has given the clubs to appreciate the free chance to play their games between Fridays and Sundays according to the negotiations between the clubs.
“What we are saying is that the clubs fulfilling the fixture have the right to decide whether to play on Friday, Saturday or Sunday as long as the fixture is fulfilled. We have no problems with that,” he said. Other fixtures will see another promoted side; Lusaka Tigers who have already said they are ready for the Super League challenge, facing off against Chingola-based Nchanga Rangers while Leopards will be up against Red Arrows at Nkoloma Stadium.
One of the country’s glamorous sides, Mighy Mufulira Wanderers stake their mighty against not so thick Forest Rangers at Dola Hill stadium in Ndola while Nkana will be looking forward to kicking off the season on a right foot against Nkwazi at Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka.
The other match to complete the kick-off fixture will be a seemingly tight match pitting defence forces sides Green Eagles against Green Buffaloes.