By KALUMIANA KALUMIANA –
CHAMPIONS Nkana will today be chasing a win over Nakambala Leopards in Kitwe in a desperate attempt to keep alive their plans of successfully defending the MTN/FAZ Super League title.
The other rescheduled match will see third placed Zesco United eyeing top slot with a win over relegation threatened Red Arrows at the Trade Fair Grounds in Ndola.
Zanaco lead the log on 51 points followed by Power Dynamos on 50 and Zesco on 49 while Nkana are on 42 points, tow behind Napsa Stars, with Nakambala occupying eighth place on 31 points and Arrows fourth from bottom on 26 points.
Nkana take on Nakambala in this rescheduled Week 21 game which comes just five days after suffering a shock home loss there to Nchanga Rangers.
Rangers rallied to beat Nkana 2-1 to hand their hosts to their sixth league defeat of the season.
Nkana’s loss also saw them drop from fourth to fifth now nine points behind leaders Zanaco from 24 and 25 games played respectively.
Coach Beston Chambeshi remains defiant that the defeat was a minor setback.
“It is a wakeup call again for us as you know the games are going. Hope is still there. “I give and trust that the boys will come out from this defeat,” Chambeshi said.
Nkana face a Nakambala side who one of a half dozen team’s with the privilege of beating them this season when they met in Week Six in a game the champions lost 1-nil.
However, Nakambala’s away record in 2014 is poor with two wins, three draws from twelve matches. Nakambala’s 1-nil away win over Konkola Blades on August 10 is their only victory on the Copperbelt this season.
Zesco v Arrows
Zesco could go to top if they beat 13th placed Arrows in their rescheduled Week 22 game.
Zesco are two points behind Zanaco and a win this afternoon will see them go top of the table for the first time this season while Arrows will be eyeing a win to lift them out of the relegation waters.
Arrows picked a morale boosting 1-0 win over National Assembly and coach Mathews Phiri will be expecting a good performance from the airmen as he seeks to save the side from going under.
George Lwandamina on the other side will be expecting nothing but a win to propel his side to top of the log.