GREEN Buffaloes this afternoon begin their 2019 MTN/FAZ Super League without Bilton Musonda against defending champions Zesco United in a rescheduled week one fixture.
The Buffaloes management shocked the football world when they fired Musonda after their first round elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup just two weeks before the commencement of the season.
Musonda, who many considered successful with Buffaloes due to the ‘soldiers’ limited resources at their disposal, has been replaced by Under-20 coach Charles Bwale.
Now Bwale must prove that he is the man for the job to his hard-to-please bosses by beating holders Zesco who are still showing more hunger especially that their closest rivals in pool ‘A’ of the transitional league Zanaco are leading the pack after beating Red Arrows 3-1 on the opening day last Sunday.
However, Zesco may be forced to make changes to the team owing to this weekend’s CAF Confederation cup first group game against Nkana.
“That one we will plan and see how it goes. We follow the Association’s directive so when they say we should play, who are we to say no? So we will plan for both games,” said Zesco assistant coach Alfred Lupiya.
The other rescheduled match in pool ‘B’ sees Osward Mutapa starting life as Lumwana Radiants coach when the side hosts Nkana in Lumwana.
The two fixtures arose because Nkana and Zesco were involved in the Charity Shield at the opening weekend