The newly expanded MTN FAZ Super League starts this weekend with 18 out 20 teams in action after Zesco United’s match with Konkola Blades was postponed to a later date.
There are several intriguing matches to look out for with five of them being played in Lusaka, three on Saturday and two on Sunday.
Saturday’s stand out match will see champions Zanaco starting their title defence at home to city rivals Red Arrows.
The bankers, who won the league with a record 81 points, are unbeaten in 25 home matches dating back to 12 July 2015 when they lost 1-0 to Zesco United at the Sunset Stadium.
In order to build on that impressive record, Mumamba Numba will be hoping for a good start at Zanaco’s new home – the National Heroes Stadium - against an opponent he defeated home and away last season. But with former Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza in charge, Red Arrows have had a new dose of life injected in them and cannot be underrated.
The Zanaco-Red Arrows match will be preceded at the same venue by the match between newly promoted City of Lusaka and Green Eagles. City of Lusaka, who won promotion as FAZ Division One Zone One League champions, return to the top flight since being demoted in 2010 when the league had 16 teams.
Although City of Lusaka have a better head to head record having recorded two wins (2008) and a draw (2010), it was Green Eagles who recorded an impressive 4-0 victory the last time the two sides met in 2010.
There will also be a third match in Lusaka which will see Napsa Stars host Nchanga Rangers at the Edwin Imboela stadium at 15h00.
Another match to look out for will see two newly promoted sides Real Nakonde and Buildcon clashing at the New Stadium in Nakonde. Their match will also be the first Super League match to be played in Muchinga Province.
Other matches will see Nkana hosting Nakambala Leopards in Kitwe while Kabwe Warriors will be at home to Nkwazi. Lumwana Radiants will match up against Forest Rangers.
On Sunday, the National Heroes Stadium will host a double header in which Green Buffaloes will play Mufulira Wanderers in the first match while Lusaka Dynamos will welcome Power Dynamos in the second match.
Saturday, April 8
13:00 City of Lusaka vs Green Eagles – National Heroes Stadium
15:00 Zanaco vs Red Arrows – National Heroes Stadium
15:00 Napsa Stars vs Nchanga Rangers – Edwin Imboela Stadium
15:00 Nkana vs Nakambala Leopards – Nkana Stadium
15:00 Kabwe Warriors vs Nkwazi – Godfrey Chitalu Stadium
15:00 Real Nakonde vs Buildcon – New Stadium
15:00 Lumwana Radiants vs Forest Rangers – Lumwana Ground
Sunday, April 9
13:00 Green Buffaloes vs Mufulira Wanderers – National Heroes Stadium
15:00 Lusaka Dynamos vs Power Dynamos – National Heroes Stadium