AFTER a gruelling CAF Confederation Cup match on Sunday, Zesco United and Nkana return to league action when they host Nakambala Leopards and NAPSA Stars respectively.
Nkana will be seeking top position in pool ‘B’ when they host NAPSA who are also in need of three points to go top of the group after winning the opening game against Nkwazi.
NAPSA will go six points clear in the pool if they beat Nkana today while a win for Nkana will see them go top on four points having drawn the first game against Lumwana.
“We come with a positive mind seeking a positive result in this game. It will not be easy. We are ready to fight for a good result,” said NAPSA coach Mohammed Fathi who has promised his employers continental football next season.
However, Beston Chambeshi is urging his players to recover from the 2-0 loss to Zesco on Sunday to collect maximum points and put his league campaign on track after starting with a draw.
“We are back in the league. It is the first game at home [and] we are looking forward to a good game. We need to start picking points. We need to maintain our slot in the league and maintain our status in Zambia,” said Chambeshi.
In Ndola, Zesco will be looking to beat Nakambala to catch up with pool ‘A’ leaders Zanaco who have started with a bang winning their opening two games with resounding score lines against big opponents Red Arrows and Lusaka Dynamos.
Like Nkana, George Lwandamina’s Zesco are having to play tight fixtures in the transitional league, combined with CAF fixtures.
“Yes, it’s never easy to negotiate the fixture congestion that we have but we have to play. But it is a challenge to plan,” said Lwandamina.
Zeddy Saileti’s Nakambala started on brighter note winning their opening game but comes against the in-form defending champions who have proven to be a huge challenge at their home ground.