Saturday May 29, 2021. 14:55
Zesco United coach Mumamba Numba has demanded the league leaders rebound from Wednesday’s away loss and make a strong statement in this Sunday’s home game against demoted Kitwe United at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Zesco return to action four days after their FAZ Super League title ambitions suffered a setback following a 3-0 away to mid-table side Prison Leopards in Kabwe.
The defeat saw Zesco fail to move within two points of clinching the 2020/2021 league title with five games to spare.
“We have to respect our opponents, they may be relegated but they are a team that can spoil what we have built in a long time,” Numba said.
This will be Kitwe United’s second successive meeting against a top two side since beating second placed Zanaco 2-0 away in Lusaka on May 22.
“I think we should take this game seriously and we must go into this game with a right attitude good character with the mind of winning this game because we want to reduce the points for us to win the championships,” Numba said.
Zesco currently lead the log on 58 points with five games left and were by press time eight points ahead of Zanaco who had four games left heading into their Saturday away match against Napsa Stars.
“If we can get the three points in this game, then we will only remain with two points that will put us in a better position for the title,” Numba said.
But Zesco head into the match with two key absentees.
First-choice goalkeeper Ian Otieno has been rested after playing through the pain barrier with a knee injury.
Toaster Nsabata is expected to start in place of the Kenyan international.
Also out is right-back Simon Silwimba who sustained an injury in the mid-week loss at Prison and Samson Mkandawire is Numba’s preferred option for the Zesco vice-captain.