NKANA’S battle to keep their top two ambitions alive in the MTN/FAZ Super Division Stream B faces a major test today when they visit pool leaders Green Eagles at Independence Stadium in Choma.
The fixture comes barely a fortnight after the 2018 runners-up were beaten 4-1 at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe in a rescheduled Week Six fixture in a match whose highlight saw two home side’s goals controversially disallowed for offside by referee Wiseman Musako.
“That was not a true reflection of the game but they picked three points, well and good for Eagles but we have to play the return game and we are looking forward to this game,” Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi said.
Nkana have not lost since that date after beating bottom placed FC MUZA 2-1 in Kitwe on April 27 before a 2-2 draw away to third placed Nkwazi in Lusaka on May 1.
It is critical that Nkana collect points in Choma because they trail Eagles by 12 points on 16 and 28 points from eleven and fourteen games played respectively.
Chambeshi knows that the insurance of their three games in hand are not three points as evidenced by the one point they have collected from their first two fixtures from the five-match backlog.
Moreover, Nkana head to Choma where they are yet to win and have since Eagles were promoted in 2008 collected five draws must avoid a third successive league defeat against the Stream B leaders after losing 2-1 there last season.
Furthermore, Nkana need a confidence-boosting result in Southern Province this weekend to take into Wednesday’s rescheduled Week Eight home game against unpredictable Buildcon who are also mounting a strong case for continental and ABSA Cup qualification.
Meanwhile, in other big games this weekend, Stream A leaders Zanaco host fifth placed but unbeaten Kabwe Warriors hoping to rebound from last Saturday’s 4-2 loss away to seventh placed Nakambala Leopards.
Defending champions and second placed Zesco United are in Kabwe and hope to close the gap with Zanaco today when they visit bottom placed promoted side Prison Leopards.
Zesco are back in action a week after they demolished struggling Mufulira Wanderers 6-0 at home in Ndola.
The full weekend fixtures in both streams:
Red Arrows-Kitwe United
Prison Leopards-Zesco United
Green Buffaloes-Lusaka Dynamos
Forest Rangers-Napsa Stars
Power Dynamos-Lumwana Radiants
FC MUZA-Circuit City