Zambian giants Zesco United coach Numba Mumamba reckons their clash with Zanaco on Sunday afternoon will have an effect on the direction of the 2021 title race.
The two giants are separated by four points at the summit of the Zambian Super league standings, with log leaders Zesco United sitting on 40 points while Zanaco, who are in second position, have 36 points after 20 rounds of matches.
For Mumba, this match will be decisive for his charges who desperately need to make a bold statement for themselves against their arch-rivals, to keep their impressive winning streak intact as well as extending their lead at the apex of the standings to seven points.
What further makes this one interesting is the fact that Mumamba was the coach when Zanaco last won the league title in 2016 and the 2017 Absa Cup before he swapped to take charge of Zesco United last year.
However, the 43-year-old former Zambian international midfielder is targeting to keep his former paymasters at bay in their bid to end the five-year spell without a title.
“This is a very important game to us and I expect everyone to give their level best. Currently we are four points ahead of Zanaco and victory on Sunday will mean we stretch the lead to seven points.
“Such a result will give us a better chance to win the league as well as going to the Champions league,” Mumamba said.
Mumamba adds that their chance of claiming this term’s title with games to spare lies in winning this duel against Zanaco.
“We have to be on top of the game right from the start. We need to win this game because it will give us an advantage in terms of winning the title.
“It will put us in better position to win the title. Everyone will need to give their level best.”
Meanwhile, veteran midfielder Thabani Kamusoko is anticipating a tough match, but he is confident of a win especially in their own backyard.
“It is not an easy game but we know that we have to win the game because our target is to win the title and qualify for CAF Champions League. We need to keep pushing hard and remain focused,” Kamusoko said.
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By FARPost Reporter