Judgement day
Published On November 21, 2014 » 2673 Views» By Davies M.M Chanda » Football, Sports
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MTN FAZ Premier league logoBy KALUMIANA KALUMIANA –

ZANACO are on the verge of seventh heaven today when they visit Red Arrows at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on the final day of the 2014 MTN-FAZ Premier Division League season.

The six-time champions enjoy a slender one point lead ahead of second placed Zesco United on 57 and 56 points, respectively.

Victory for Zanaco at Arrows is all they need to ensure their seventh league title is in the bag irrespective of whatever happens at Zesco this afternoon.

Zanaco also head into their last game unbeaten in their last seven matches whose highlight was last Saturday’s 1-0 home win over third-placed Power Dynamos to dim the latter’s title hopes.

“For now, we have to keep our fingers crossed, We have come a long way and it was not going to look good to lose at home to Power. Our next game is not going to be easy but it will be a do or die game,” Zanaco coach Aggrey Chiyangi said.

The pressure is also on hosts and 11th placed Arrows on 35 points who have a relegation battle to take care of and they need nothing but a home win to ensure their survival.

Zanaco, though, come into the match with an edge over Arrows after beating them 2-0 in the first leg at Sunset Stadium in June.

In Ndola, Zesco United host troubled Kabwe Warriors hoping Arrows can do them a big favour to draw or beat Zanaco.

Three-time champions Zesco suffered a setback last weekend away to Nakambala Leopards in Mazabuka where they lost 2-0 to see them stay put in second place into the last day of the season.

“We know what is at stake being a last game of the season,” Zesco coach George Lwandamina said.

“It will be like a cup final because you can only play it once, it has to be decided there and then.

“So even the approach will be totally different from the Nakambala game.”

The tie favours Zesco who have not lost to Warriors in Ndola since 2005 and have since then picked up five wins and two home draws.

At Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, third placed Power Dynamos host Nakambala searching for a win to keep their slim hopes of a top two finish alive.

Third placed Power who have 54 points have failed to win in their last three games picking up just one point at Napsa Stars before losing to Nkana at home and Zanaco away.

Defeats for the top two sides could see Power pick up a miracle seventh title with a big win over Nakambala after their title hopes were left for dead at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka last week.

Meanwhile at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka, Green Buffaloes seek a win over relegated Indeni to ensure their fifteen year stay in the top flight continues.

A win for Buffaloes and a loss for Warriors at Zesco will see the Railwaymen demoted.

In the rest of the day’s games, Green Eagles host Napsa Stars in Choma while demoted Roan United visit Konkola Blades in Chililabombwe.

At Nchanga Stadium in Chingola, Nchanga Rangers host relegated Konkola Mine Police.

Outgoing champions Nkana visit National Assembly on Sunday in Lusaka.

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