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Who goes top of the league?

Jackson Mwanza

The focus for the FAZ MTN Super League will be on the Copperbelt as the top four teams battling it out for the top slot in what will be winner takes top slot for either Zesco United, Power Dynamos or Zanaco on Sunday.

Leaders Zesco host third placed Zanaco while second placed Power host champions Nkana.

The math is simple for Zesco as they only need to win to guarantee that they stay top of the log while a loss could see the end the week in 3rd position if Power pick maximum points as well. A win for Zanaco could leave them in the first position provided Power fails to beat Nkana.

A draw will only keep Zesco on top if Power lose to Nkana in what remains to be the biggest fixture of the Zambian game.

Power on the other hand will be hoping to collect maximum points against Nkana and will keep their ears on the proceedings in Ndola as they will be praying for Zanaco to do them a favor against Zesco.

 

Sunday, October 26.

15:00 Konkola Mine Police vs Indeni
15:00 Nchanga Rangers vs Kabwe Warriors

13:00 Green Buffaloes vs Nakambala Leopards – Woodlands Stadium
15:00 National Assembly vs Konkola Blades – Woodlands Stadium
15:00 Green Eagles vs Roan United – Independence Stadium
15:00 Red Arrows vs Napsa Stars – Nkoloma Stadium
15:00 Zesco United vs Zanaco – Trade Fair Ground
15:00 Power Dynamos vs Nkana – Arthur Davis Stadium (Live on Supersport)

Power Dynamos are highest ranked team in Zambia

Power

Power Dynamos are the highest ranked team in Zambia according to the footballdatabase.com

The ranking system for the clubs, which works similarly to the system used by FIFA to calculate the ranking of the world’s national teams has Power ranked in a dismal 102nd position with TP Mazembe (DRC), Al-Merreikh (Sudan), AS Vita (DRC), Raja Casablanca (Morocco), Al Hilal Omdurman (Sudan) in the Africa top five.

According to the rankings released on 19th October, 2014 and monitored by Zambianfootball.co.zm Power are trailed in Zambia by Zanaco, Zesco United, Nkana FC, and Nchanga Rangers.

The Zambian top ten is completed by Red Arrows, Green Buffaloes, Napsa Stars, Konkola Blades and Kabwe Warriors.

The top four teams in the rankings are the same teams occupying the top four places in the league though not in the same corresponding order.

Jacob on target, Sunzu in action as Sochaux draw

Sunzu

Jacob Mulenga’s 76th minute goal helped Adana Dermispor rescue a vital point at home against log leaders Antalyaspor.

This was Mulenga’s third goal in 5 appearances for the Turkish Ligue 1 side who are three points outside the last promotion place.

Elsewhere in Europe, Chipolopolo defender Stoppilla Sunzu started on the bench as his team battled to a 1 – 1 draw against Laval.

Sochaux took the lead through an Edouard Butin penalty on the stroke of half time before Laval leveled in the 53rd minute.

Sunzu was introduced in the 62nd minute and he did not disappoint as he helped steady the the Sochaux defence.

Sochaux are currently in seventh position a point outside the three promotion places.

Sunzu and Mulenga are both expected to be called for the match against Mozambique and Cape Verde next month.

Chisamba helps Ural to vital win

Chisamba Lungu has continued to be a key player for Ural in the Russian Premier League this season as he provided an assist to help his club to a 1 – 0 victory over Arsenal Tula.

The Zambian international started and completed the game playing on the left wide area and showed his class to provide the assist for Russian midfielder Alexander Erokhin to finish in the 38th minute in what was generally a stale display by Ural.

Ural are in desperate need of points and the win saves them well as it keeps them out of the relegation play off places.

This was Urals third win in 11 games this season.

Zambia face Ivory Coast in jubilee celebration game

Aaton Katebe

Zambia will tomorrow play Ivory Coast for the first time since the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final which Zambia won on post match penalties.

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard said the match is important for both teams as such he had assembled a strong local side but said it will always be difficult for him to play against Zambia.

“Fortunately it’s a friendly so its fine but if one day I will have to play Zambia in a competitive match, it will be very difficulty for me,” the former Chipolopolo coach said.

“Even on Saturday when I hear the national anthem it will remind me of a lot of memories,” he added.

Renard has also made a call up to Napsa Stars Ivorian international Jean paul Simao who has had a decent run with the Zambian club scoring vital goals.

And Honour Janza is expected to unveil a new look team of local players with the players from the junior team expected to be named in his squad ZamFoot understands.

Janza has U17 impressive duo of captain Patson Daka and combative holding midfield Changwe Kalale are all in the team and are expected to play a role in tomorrow’s game.

Janza has also beefed up his squad with two foreign based players in Aaron Katebe and Jonas Sakuwaha who are both expected to start in tomorrow’s game.

The game will be played amidst protests by local clubs over the national team taking away their key players at a vital moment in the league with teams fighting to win the league while others are fighting relegation.

However, Zambianfootball.co.zm understands that the national team technical bench bent to the pressure of the clubs and released some players to allow them to adequately prepare for the league games on Sunday.

Unlike announced yesterday by FAZ, the tickets for the match were not made available as of today. However, FAZ has said the tickets will be made available tomorrow at all post office and will also be available at the stadium.

Charges: The charges are K300 for VIP and K50 for the rest of the stadium.

(In the photo, Katebe in training)

Mtonga shines for North East United

Kondwani

Kondwani Mtonga was today on target for his Indian club North East United as they beat Mumbai City 2 – 0 to go second on the log.

Mtonga who is on loan from Zesco United was again named in the starting line-up together with fellow Zambian Isaac Chansa to marshal the midfield for North East.

He had work to do after he was played through by Koke in the 57th minute as he muscled he way ahead of the defender to put the ball past an on coming Mumbai City keeper Pal.

Mumbai City who were in buoyant mood following a 5 – 0 win in their previous were dealt a further blow when defend Cmovs was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 75th minute.

Guilherme Batata sealed the win for North East in added on time after benefiting from a Keen assist.

Unfortunately for Chansa, he only lasted 12 minutes in the game.

The win puts North East United in a solid second position on seven points, three behind leaders Atletico de Kolkata.

2012 squad honored

2012 Squad Honored

The Zambian Squad that lifted the Africa Cup in 2012 is among the many Zambians that have been honored by President Micheal Sata for their distinguished service to the country.

FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya has also been honored for his selfless contribution to Zambian Football.

Joshua Titima, Chintu Kampamba, Patrice Beumelle, Nyambe Mulenga,Kalusha Bwalya, Herve Renard Honour Janza and Davies Phiri were present to receive their medals.

Also honored was the Seoul Olympics team which stunned the world when they crushed Italy by 4 goals to nil with the technical bench led by late Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu.

Renard says his heart is with Zambia as he fails to rule out return

Renard

Former Zambia national team coach Herve Renard has said his heart will always be with Zambia and has failed to rule out a possible return to coach the Chipolopolo.

Renard who was speaking on arrival in Zambia yesterday that he is happy to be honoured by Zambia for the achievement during the 2012 Afrfica Cup of Nations.

My heart will always be with Zambia and I am happy to be back. I am coming to Zambia with divided loyalty because my heart is with Zambia but my professional loyalty is with my employers, Ivory Coast,” a jovial Renard said.

“I will tell you something from the bottom of my heart, I always thought it will be better somewhere else but to tell you the truth, I always miss Zambia. I wonder what you guys did to me,” he said.

“I feel good that I will be honoured but it is something that I have difficulties talking about because it reminds me of February 13, 2012 when we came back with the Africa Cup. It is something I will always cherish,” he said.

I will always come back as a citizen of this country, I will not say much because in football anything can happen,” Renard said.

Renard was granted permanent residence status by the government of Zambia after he led the Chipolopolo to the first ever gold at the AFCON.

ZamFoot / Times

Chipolopolo Queens in limbo over payment of allowances

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has distanced himself from the plight of the Zambia National Women’s team stating that his ministry is not responsible for paying the Chipolopolo Queens and is only responsible for the Senior Men’s Team.

Kambwili stated that his Ministry is only responsible for paying the Senior Men’s Team while the Junior Teams and the Women’s Team are FAZ’s responsibility.

Kambwili has further advised the ladies who have refused to leave the FAZ Technical centre until they are paid to be patriotic.

“The first thing that should be at heart is Zambia before other interests like money comes in. They must be patriotic enough to sacrifice for Mother Zambia. I advise the girls to put the interest of the country first and money last,” he said.

However, the POST has reported that the players have said the chef who was supposed to cook for them had vanished.

They also say power to their rooms was also disconnected in FAZ’s bid to disperse them without reasonable pay.

The players wondered why FAZ was suddenly treating them like outcasts.

But ZamFoot understands that Football House is broke.

A FAZ employee who spoke to ZamFoot on conditions of anonymity said FAZ is broke.

“We don’t have money at the moment. I can’t explain why we are so broke. Even our salaries have been so delayed that many staff are also demoralised. We have played two international games at home recently home but it doesn’t seem to appear there is any proper financial accountability to alleviate the situation,”

“We were hoping that the bonuses of about US$1million which FIFA announced in June in Brazil and has since given all national associations would help us as employees and even the women team but there is nothing,” said the source.

The players were promised US$80 per day for the period they were in Windhoek.

Chris has given his life to Zambian football and deserves respect – Kalu

Katongo

KALUSHA Bwalya says the decision to drop Christopher Katongo from the national team entirely lies with the Chipolopolo technical bench.

And Bwalya says Katongo has sacrificed a lot for Zambia and deserves respect and sympathy from all well-meaning soccer fans.

“Chris Katongo needs to move on from the camp debacle, recover and give more to football and the nation of Zambia. I feel sad for what happened to Chris because the Katongo I know is a disciplined soldier, a dedicated footballer and a good family man. He may have made a mistake here and there but like in a football match, you can get a yellow card and even a red card but you have to come back stronger afterwards,” said Bwalya in an interview.

The FAZ president added: “Katongo has given his life to Zambian football and so deserves respect. We cannot crucify such a man like sadists. He needs sympathy from all of us. But because he needs to be a good example, Chris [Katongo] needs to recoup himself and come back stronger.”

Katongo was sent away from the Chipolopolo camp that was preparing for the game against Niger on October 15, when he was alleged to have skipped camp and spent a night in his girlfriend’s room. There were also reports of a fallout with the technical bench and accusations of being a bad influence within the camp.

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