Sunday May 30, 2021. 09:00
Zanaco assistant coach Henry Banda says the second placed side is treating its last three games of the season as cup final fixtures after cutting Zesco Unted’s lead to five points.
The seven-time Zambian champions returned to winning ways on Saturday after a two-match losing run when they beat relegation-threatened Napsa Stars 2-0 away in a Lusaka derby at Woodlands Stadium.
Zanaco’s victory saw the gap with Zesco reduced from eight to five points with three and four games left to play respectively.
“We will play the remaining games like a cup final. We cannot afford to drop points now so each game will be played for a win,” Banda said.
“We will keep on training hard and we will keep on telling the boys let’s keep on fighting until the last game because we don’t know what will happen until the last game.
“Anything can happen, so we will continue encouraging the boys until we finish our three games.”
But that top-two gap could revert to eight points this Sunday if Zesco beat demoted Kitwe United at home in Ndola.
Should that happen, Zesco will need just one more win in their next game to end the race with an unassailable 63 points with three matches to spare.
Meanwhile, Zanaco will resume their top two race on June 16 after the FIFA international match break with a tricky home date against FAZ Super League title holders Nkana.
Nkana are currently in the top part of the bottom four relegation zone fighting for their survival.