Malaiti Rangers aiming high in the 2020/2021 season
Zesco Malaiti Rangers FC is a Lusaka based club campaigning in the FAZ/EDEN University National League for the second consecutive season. It is older than Zesco United FC who are currently plying their trade in the FAZ super league.
They once campaigned in the Zambian top tier league in the 70s when Zesco United FC of Ndola was in division 2 by then now called provincial division one a third-tier league.
Last season they finished in 14th position, one point above the relegation drop. 2019/2020 season was brought to an end prematurely due to covid-19 pandemic with some teams needing a miracle to win promotion to Super League and while others breathing by the last gasp to avoid relegation
“it was a last-minute escape, we kept our ears glued to Chindwin sentries and Mumbwa medics game as the result of their games had the potential to delegate us but luckily we survive,” Malaiti Rangers told the ZamFoot Crew.
To put to bed last season’s nightmares, the team has made massive reinforcements in all areas of the field as they aim to participate in the ABSA cup by finishing in the top two brackets in the first round of the league and they want to see it that they win it in the end.
“We aim to build a strong team that can compete favorably and ultimately we need to play in the ABSA cup en route to competing for the top spot.”
With the issue of club licensing at stake, two or more clubs being sponsored by one institution with the same jerseys and logos, they all can’t participate in the top tier league unless they change logos, jerseys, and possibly sponsors. Only one team from the same institution can be allowed to ply its trade in the super league and this is a contentious issue in the case of Malaiti Rangers as they were the first team sponsored by an electric utility company to participate in the FAZ super league.
The management of the club is however not bothered with that as they are just aiming high and working to finish in the best possible position.
As to what happens with club licensing, that’s entirely up to management, we aim to compete and if possible win the league, only senior management at Zesco limited can decide as for now we just play and aim for the top when that time comes, management will guide and we will support whatever decision they make.
To test if the lads are ready for the battle ahead, the team was locked in a couple of friendlies during the pre-season with top super league teams. The first game was against Nkwazi where they lost the first match 1-0 before posting a 3-1 upset in the second match. They went on and tested themselves against the airmen Red Arrows recording a 5-2 defeat in the first match followed by a 4-1 thrashing in the second match. The third opposition was Magnificent people’s team Kabwe Warriors where they blessed themselves with a 1-1 draw before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat.
Malaiti Rangers will begin their league campaign with a date against Mpulungu Harbour away in Mpulungu this afternoon followed by a home match at Queensmead stadium in Lusaka in a week two fixture against their twin brother Zesco shockers.
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