Zesco, Napsa vie for Charity Shield final slot

HOLDERS Zesco United will be looking to reach another final when they take on NAPSA Stars in the second semi-final of the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield this afternoon at Nkoloma Stadium.

Nkana are already through to the finals after defeating Zanaco 2-1 at the same venue on Thursday.

Should Zesco make it to the final, it will be a repeat of last year’s final when the two blistering John Ching’andu strikes silenced Nkana to hand the Ndola side the trophy via a 2-0 score line.

NAPSA will be looking to convince their followers early in the season especially after spending quite heavily on new players and after coming close to silverware last season when they lost in the Barclays Cup final to Zanaco.

Linos Makwaza will be in the spotlight also as he starts a full season as head coach after he took over from his former boss Tenant Chilumba who was forced out of the job midway through last season following a string of poor results.

NAPSA second assistant coach Donwell Yobe says his team is ready for the defending champions.

“We began our preparations in January and we have played a number of high profile friendly games. Recently we were in Kitwe for the four teams’ tournament and the new players together with old ones and the team is geared for Zesco United tomorrow. It will be a plus because it will give us a guide on where we have to improve, so it is preparation for the league as well fight to protect the badge and the team which is NAPSA Stars,” said Yobe.

Though there was no comment from Zesco coach Tenant Chembo, his team will be cautious to use all the big guns as they host tough-tested Asec Mimosa in the CAF Champions League on Wednesday.

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