MTN Super League returns after two week break

football14 April 2023 11:13| © Mark Gleeson

The Zambian MTN Super League returns after a two-week hiatus as Power Dynamos seek to consolidate their lead at the top of the table and close in on a first championship since 2011.

Dynamos welcome second-bottom Chambishi on Sunday with their visitors having lost their last four games in a row and in desperate relegation strife.

Dynamos have a commanding seven-point lead at the top of the table from second-placed Green Buffaloes and will expect victory against a side who have admittedly claimed five of their eight victories on the road this campaign. The last of those was in December though.

Chambishi may feel there is a chance to get something from this game, there has been no home winner in any of the last nine league meetings between the sides dating ack to 2006. The away team has always come away with at least a point.

In the other game on Sunday, already relegated Buildcon go to Kansanshi Dynamos seeking to put a little more breathing room between themselves and the relegation zone.

Buffaloes are in action when they travel to NAPSA Stars, hoping to capitalise on any slip-ups from Dynamos, or at the very least secure the second CAF Champions league qualification place.

But Stars are very much in the hunt for African club competition too and a win by two goals would take them above Buffaloes and potentially into second place. Stars have the best home record of any team this campaign to boot.

FC MUZA in third host Kabwe Warriors, who sit three points above the relegation zone and along with Buildcon are the only team yet to win in the road this season (D9 L4).

Forest Rangers had looked the most likely challengers to Dynamos a few months ago, but no wins in their last five (D2 L3) has left them languishing nine points back and likely now only interested in the CAF competition places.

They go to relegation threatened Nkwazi, with the last two results between the sides 1-0 wins for Rangers, though both of those were at home.

Green Eagles have taken 10 points from the last 12 to stay in the CAF hunt as they host Nchanga Rangers, who sit a point above the relegation places.

Nkana FC spent much of the season near the foot of the table but five wins from their last six (D1) sees them suddenly in contention for second place. They are four points back from, Buffaloes and travel to third-bottom Lumwana Radiants this weekend.

ZESCO United are also just about in the CAF hunt as they host Zanaco, who have not recorded an away win in this fixture since 2015.

Finally, defending champions Red Arrows welcome Prison Leopards with both sides languishing in mid-table, If they are to make an unlikely push for CAF places, the time is now.