MTN/FAZ league title decider on today

THE 2014 MTN/FAZ Super League will be decided today with Zanaco, Zesco United and Power Dynamos all involved in crucial matches.

Zanaco is leading with 57 points, second-placed Zesco United are a point adrift while Power Dynamos are in third with 54 points.

At the bottom of the table Nakambala Leopards, Konkola Blades, Red Arrows, Kabwe Warriors and Green Buffaloes will fight to avoid taking up the fourth and final spot in the relegation zone.

In this weekend’s top-billed match, leaders Zanaco, who have won the league three times (2006, 2009, 2012) will travel to city rivals Red Arrows whom they defeated 2-0 in the reverse fixture on June 28.

Zanaco will be buoyed by the fact that Red Arrows have only won once in nine recent matches played at Nkoloma Stadium.

However, an away 2-0 victory over deposed champions Nkana a week ago and the return from international duty of Danny Munyao, Shadreck Malambo and Bruce Musakanya as well as Bronson Chama, who has recovered from a long term injury, will give Mathews Phiri’s men confidence ahead of this Lusaka derby.

Zesco United in second place have previously won the league twice (2007,2008) and they host relegation-threatened Kabwe Warriors in a match both sides need to win for different reasons.

A win for Zesco will guarantee them a top two finish and participation in one of CAF’s club competitions while a win for Warriors will mean that they will be assured of playing in the Super League next season.

The match that has bearing on Kabwe Warriors’ survival will be played at Woodlands Stadium where Green Buffaloes host Indeni. A win for Buffaloes and a loss for Warriors will see the latter relegated, while a win or draw for either side will see the former relegated.

Third-placed Power Dynamos, who will be chasing a seventh title, lost ground after a 1-0 defeat to Zanaco and will fancy their chances and hope to recover when they host Nakambala Leopards who defeated Zesco United 2 -0 ahead of this fixture. Dynamos were champions in 1984, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2011.

Power Dynamos have never lost to Nakambala Leopards in five previous meetings at Arthur Davies Stadium dating back to 2006 with the most recent result being a 3-1 victory recorded on 21st July, 2012. This season’s reverse fixture ended as a 1-1 draw on June 28.

At the bottom of the table Konkola Blades themselves in danger of being demoted host Roan United who will play Division One football next season.

Other matches on the card with no bearing on the title or the relegation dog-fight will see Nchanga Rangers hosting Konkola Mine Police while Green Eagles play host to Napsa Stars.

National Assembly will be at home to Nkana in the only match scheduled to be played on Sunday. – FAZ