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Zanaco mean business

With the 2019/20 Superleague season now excitingly on the horizon, Zanaco FC has never looked so prepared in as many seasons as they currently do this time around.

After enduring previously a trophyless transitional season, it only took one competitive game to acquire silverware when they defeated arch-rivals Zesco United 1-0 in the 2019/20 Charity Shield final. That victory was in it’s own a litmus test of what Zanaco has in store this upcoming campaign.

In a nutshell context, the bankers
resurgence is now vivid. On the technical front, Zanaco’s inclusion of Kelvin Kaindu to their coaching ranks was an eye-catcher going in the upcoming season. The former Power Dynamos gaffer (CV wise) is one of the best qualified in the country currently. How best he works with long-serving head coach Numba Mumamba will be something to pick a keen interest in. If the system of play will be revolved around what was witnessed against Zesco United, then the job is well and rightly on track.

The bankers further released a total of 7 players and managed to ship-in 8 new signings including loan recalls.

Notable and fundamental is the department’s they buffed up this time around, with not just quantity but quality. Just to pinpoint the major aspects, in defense, legendary Ziyo Tembo has been re-bought and will seem to be Numba’s preferred starter together with former Lusaka Dynamos Tiberius Lombard. Last seasons poor defense ( who conceded 28 goals in 18 games) look equipped. This department cost them vital points and working on it means a major relief.

In midfield, Kiala Lassa will be a gem and perfect fit in their system. The team looks full of options now and the bench’s depth will, to some extent, give Numba selection headaches considering that some injured players like Charles Zulu and Jimmy Nakena are now fit to play.

Yes, Zanaco is playing CAF Confederation cup football and that means they have 3 competitions to play in. If it means building on last seasons progresses recorded ( finishing 2nd in stream A and reaching the ABSA cup final), it will mean Zanaco will surely chase for honors.

Analytically speaking, the Charity Shield trophy in its own already presents both as a statement of intent by the club and morale booster for the players heading in the new season.


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