Three Zambian fixtures live on SuperSport on Easter

Three Zambian Super Division clashes will be broadcast live on SuperSport this Easter weekend.

Popular side Nkana will feature twice (Saturday and Monday), providing the audience great entertainment.

Arguably the most supported team in the league, Nkana are a darling to watch before their traditionally red and white-clad home fans.

SuperSport will be on hand to bring minute-by-minute action in Saturday’s week four match at Wusakile Stadium in Kitwe.

On Sunday, the live action will be from the border town of Chililabombwe where Konkola Blades welcome early pacesetters Power Dynamos with the Nkana flair back on Monday against defending champions Zesco United.

That will be 48 hours after Zesco would have dealt with their Caf Champions League foes in the shape Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly in a pre-group stage first round match at Arthur Davies Stadium.

Having won only once in three matches, Nkana are looking forward to better fortunes – the record 11-time league winners are on a mission to improve their image after a stuttering display in the last decade.

But their intentions should be made clear from this early in the season to avoid the 2011 season turning into another futile journey. And that is why coach Linos Makwaza is plotting a six-point haul against Rangers and Zesco this weekend.

Getting maximum points in the Easter weekend bonanza will confirm Nkana’s character to retain their respectable place in local football where they last won silverware a decade ago.

Veteran Douglas Chiwaya, William Chinse and goalkeeper Kennedy Kalale form the backbone of Nkana’s campaign.

Yet Makwaza and his vociferous fans will not have it easy against the formidable Rangers and Zesco sides.

Against Rangers, Makwaza is expected to deal with coach Bruce Mwape’s sharp attack led by Matthews Macha and Floyd Phiri.

Mwape’s side has shown promising form since the start of the season although they were casualties of an early Confederations Cup exit to DR Congo side FC Lupopo.

Perhaps that is why Rangers, who have won once this season, will attempt to make amends at the dreaded Wusakile Stadium.

Zesco’s result against Al Ahly on Saturday will be important in light of Monday’s showpiece against Nkana at Trade Fair Ground.

The Ndola side were shocked with a 1-0 hiding by Nkwazi last weekend and coach Fighton Simukonda is keen to avoid stretching the poor run to Monday.

Simukonda has one of the strongest sides in the league with leading scorer Alfred Luputa at the heart of attack alongside Nicholas Zulu and Winstone Kalengo.

The Zesco defence is marshaled by Billy Mwanza and Kabamba Chalwe, while the midfield comprising Potipher Zulu, Jackson Mwanza and Clifford Mulenga is capable of taking on any opponent on their day.

Power and Blades will offer a break from Nkana’s schedule when they face-off on Sunday.

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