Relegation battle in the spotlight on final day

football02 June 2023 10:43| © Mzansi Football

The Zambian MTN Super League concludes on Saturday with the only remaining questions in the 2022-23 season being the final two relegation places.

Power Dynamos have long since earned their first title win since 2011 and will play in the Caf Champions League, while FC Muza are surprise qualifiers for the Caf Confederation Cup having sealed second place with a game to go.

Buildcon and Chambishi have already been relegated, but the final two spots for the drop will go to two of three teams.

Lumwana Radiants (34 points, -7 goal-difference) and Nchanga Rangers (36, -11) currently occupy those two places, but Nkwazi (36, -4) are only out of the relegation places on goal difference.

Radiants host FC Muza, who will be smarting from their Absa Cup loss to Forest Rangers last time out, but also have nothing to play for on the final day.

Only a win will give Radiants the chance to climb out of the bottom two, and then they must hope that other results go their way.

Should they get that victory, they must hope that Nchanga Rangers get no more than a draw at home to mid-table Kabwe Warriors. If the two teams do end up level on 37 points, Radiants will have the edge on goal difference.

But they would then need to hope that Nkwazi do not get any points at home to sixth-placed Green Eagles. Otherwise, it is the police team that will be safe.

If Nkwazi win, they will be safe, barring the most extraordinary scoreline in the clash between Nchanga Rangers and Warriors.

All other teams are in action on Saturday with the games kicking off simultaneously.

Former champions Red Arrows host the team that toppled them from their perch in the form of Power Dynamos.

Zesco United go to Forest Rangers in another clash between two heavyweights that will have plenty of intrigue.

Nkana FC host Kansanshi Dynamos and Napsa Stars are at Prison Leopards, while Green Buffaloes host Zanaco.

Finally, it is bound to be a somber affair when the two relegated teams Chambishi and Buildcon clash.