BLOG: More than ever, It’s hive in preseason
WITH over a fortnight, before the 2018 Zambia Super Division term burst into life, there has been, and still hive of preparations. This year’s domestic league, prospect of not grass grow, is tentatively billed for 17th March.
In the run-up to “camera, light and action” people are bending our ears that the newfound innovation by Fortress Media, to capture models in indigenous replicas, is misdemeanor.
Forget about the ostensibly backlash on social media, Fortress has somewhat brought the lustre to the local league. For haven sake, this is a marketing and publicity strategy that Zambian football, as a venture we ought to embrace.
Instead of the usual parading of players, when unleashing your kit for the new season, Fortress is dangling an idea that you must hire professional models, to do the job.
Besides Fortress, and the breast beating over their portrays; we are witnessing serous preparations, by the sides in the topflight. Red Arrows shuttled their way to Europe, Buildcon in Zimbabwe and Nkana in Kenya; gearing up for the 2018 flagship football tier in Zambia.
ARROWS TRIP TO EUROPE
If there is any, then few African clubs would afford to shuttle their way up in Europe, either as tourists in preseason or to play friendly matches. Undoubtedly, Red Arrows have laid down the marker, at home and across Africa.
Ours hopes is that the trip pays dividends to the Honor Janza tutored side, who have set the target, to win the title.
ZIMBABWE, KENYA TRIPS FOR NKANA
Twelve times league Champions and record holders, Nkana were in Zimbabwe–the country we once shared an embryo cord with–to size up themselves, against the local sides.
Last season’s runners-up, Zanaco and the new cynosure of eyes in the Super league, Buildcon also made their way to the neighboring country, for a synonymous purpose.
As if this was not suffice, Nkana who are the remnant Zambian envoys in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup–after being exempted in the preliminary phase–have made another journey to Kenya and instantly played a friendly game against Gor Mahia, the most decorated side in that country. There is a prospect, Kalampa will again weigh up themselves against Jesse Were’s former side, Tusker FC.
ZESCO IN SOUTH AFRICA AS USUAL
At the time of maneuvering the general secretary position from Justine Mumba, defending champions Zesco United were at their training camp, in South Africa. Later, they played a couple of friendlies against National First Division (NFD) sides.
Zesco United have made South Africa their favourite destination, having trekked there before commencement of the previous seasons.
FOUR CLUBS TOURNAMENT
Coupled with the trip to western province, Power Dynamos hosted a four teams tournament at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, inviting Kabwe Warriors, Forest Rangers and Napsa Stars, who last month were in Livingstone for 2 weeks.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
We are all agog, for the commencement of the new season, aren’t we? It surely promises the glitz and glamour.
Akin to the catchphrase by our indigenous commentators, indeed, “Bola Yapa Zed, just got better!”
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