Friday, June 21, 2024

Petauke United clash with Smiling Kids, Young Nkwazi visits Katete Rangers… As Eastern Province Provincial Division One week 11 comes alive

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) national Division One Eastern Province will enter week eleven this weekend.

Petauke United has played one game which ended in a loss and the second fixture was not played because their opponents’ Police Bullets were in contact with Sinda United in a week 9 fixture who recorded more the five positive Covid-19 results will return to action.

They will be at home in Petauke to smiling kids FC of Chipata at mizyu grounds. Despite not starting well, Petauke United remains a formidable side, and the record for Smiling Kids against them has never been impressive.

They are poised for their first win but Smiling kids should not be ruled out completely as they may pull a shocker as they did against Prison Leopards whom they took to the cleaners and walloped 5 nil in a week 9 fixture.

Police Bullets will again be at home against Kanele boys who are Lundazi United termed bad travelers as they rarely pick up points away from home with their latest results being a 3 nil loss to league leaders Katete United. They both didn’t play their week 10 fixtures. A draw is a likely result to characterize this match.

A poor run of results is expected to continue for Nyamphande Kum’Mawa when they host Panza who have emerged as top contenders for national league playoffs after beating Petauke United away and Smiling kids at home in the process scoring 4 and only allowing 1.

A win for Panza FC is the expected result after 90 minutes as Nyamphande Kum’Mawa are conceding 2 goals on average per game and have lost all the two matches they have played so far but a shocker is not out of the picture.

Sinda United are yet to confirm their fixture against Nyimba United following 5 positive results they recorded 6 days ago.

At Ephendukeni grounds of chief Mpezeni, struggling Real Mpezeni will host Prison Leopards Chipata of Namuseche prisons. Real Mpezeni seems toothless this season averaging 2.5 goals conceding aspect ratio with no goal in 180 minutes. A win for Prison Leopards is the results everyone following this league will expect and anything less than this will be a disappointing result for Chipata Collection Boys.

Katete united’s top spot will be put to the test by their local rivals who are St Francis of St Francis Mission Hospital of Katete district. Despite it being a derby match, Katete United who have scored 4 and not conceded any have it within themselves to pick up a win the fact that they have turned Omelo Mumba ground into a slaughterhouse for visiting teams.

St Francis needs to play their A-game if they are to pick a point otherwise it will be a tall order for the medics’ side to get even a point against the municipalities of Katete. Not less than 2 goals are expected from this match. Will the good run of top spot and clean sheet continue for Katete United? Only 90 minutes will answer this tough question.

Nothing than the fixture between Katete Rangers the pride for Katete people and stubborn Young Nkwazi FC from Petauke will top the billing chart this weekend.

If they will be a game to watch with shivers especially if you are a fan of any of the two teams, it is this match. If two elephants are fighting the ground suffers and that is what the turf of Omelo Mumba grounds will be treated to.

Young Nkwazi has won their first two matches while Katete Rangers who have won and drawn one match whilst conceding once and have put 4 past their opponents. Both teams have scored 8 goals altogether and are making their opponents pick the ball twice from the net in a single match. A tough one for predictors. This match has been moved to Saturday to pave way for another match on Sunday involving Katete united and St Francis scheduled for the same venue.

Before the league kicked off they were given 7/10 odds to play national league playoffs as they showed character during festive and pre-season games of a big team owing to the quality and depth they possess but since the start of the league, those odds have dropped to 5/10 as they managed only draws from their opening 2 games as the pride of the people of Munga compound seems not to have hit the ground running.

But this time around, they are in for their first win when they travel to the Chadiza district to face Chadiza Police Rangers who have conceded 5 times and have failed to register a goal in the opposition net and 2 of the 5 came at home. An outright win for Zesco Chipata of Munga grounds is expected but football has a way of shocking everyone.

Chipata city council has an outside chance of playing national league playoffs and it seems they are pushing for that qualification. They will be at home to Chadiza United who lost 2-1 at home to Katete Rangers and have 3 points so far. A win for Chipata city council is the most likely outcome but in a football, you don’t rule everything out.

Full Fixtures

Petauke United Vs Smiling Kids FC

Katete united Vs St Francis

Katete Rangers Vs Young Nkwazi

Police Bullets Vs Lundazi United

Chadiza police Rangers Vs Zesco Chipata

Chipata City Council Vs Chadiza United

Sinda United Vs Nyimba united

Real Mpezeni Vs Prison Leopards Chipata

Nyamphande Kum’mawa Vs Panza

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