Friday Mar 18, 2022. 12:00
Zesco United’s away game against Prison Leopards scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed because the defending FAZ Super League champions have eight players away on national team duty.
A massive seven players alone are on Chipolopolo duty to face Iraq away in Baghdad on March 18.
The eighth is on a 2023 AFCON qualifier assignment with South Sudan who face Djibouti away on March 23 and at home on March 27.
“FAZ got our seven players while the other guy has left for South Sudan so the number comes to eight,” Zesco coach Mumamba Numba said.
Zesco will be without four defenders namely Simon Silwimba, Solomon Sakala and Shemmy Mayembe who are all with Zambia while South Sudan have summoned Peter Mayang.
The rest are midfielders Chanda Mukuka, Spencer Sautu, Donashano Malama and Kelvin Kampamba.
“These are important players that we rely on and we cannot take risks to play the remaining games without them especially since we are in the crucial stages of the league,” Numba said.
“So we just have to wait until everyone comes back so that we have the best players to select from.”
One of those crucial dates on Zesco’s itinerary this month includes a top three away clash against Green Eagles.
Eagles beat Zesco 2-0 at home in the league and a week ago eliminated them from the 2022 ABSA Cup quarterfinals on post-match penalties.
Zesco are currently second on the table on 47 points, five points behind leaders Red Arrows and are also one point ahead of third positioned Eagles with eight games left to play.
“Of course that adds more salt to the wounds when you look at Green Eagles. We lost the first leg at home to them on post-match penalties in the quarterfinals to the same team,” Numba said.
“I think this is the time to make amends .We are very positive that we can go there and get maximum points after what we have seen in our performances from the last few games we have played.”