Tuesday Apr 05, 2022. 13:00
Red Arrows hope to maintain their seven point lead at the summit of the FAZ Super League table on Wednesday when they visit Nkwazi in a Lusaka derby at Edwin Emboela Stadium.
The match comes four days after Arrows qualified to the 2022 ABSA Cup finals when they beat Green Eagles 2-0 in Lusaka to stay on course for a league and cup double this season.
Arrows beat Nkwazi 1-0 in the first leg and their hosts are currently down in 12th position, a far cry from their top four status they enjoyed in their opening fifteen games of the season.
“There is no easy game against Nkwazi, it is a team that wants to push so hard in each and every game so playing against them will be very tough,” Arrows coach Chisi Mbewe said.
Victory in Wednesday’s derby would see Arrows move within five points of the title with five matches to go after their visit to Nkwazi.
Arrows who have 56 points need to amass 64 points in their next two games to end second placed Zesco United’s reign.
Meanwhile, Zesco are also in derby action this Wednesday and are away to 11th placed Forest Rangers at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Ndola derby last November at the same venue.
Zesco interestingly go into the game on the back of two straight draws and another draw would just lighten the burden on Arrows title push.
Meanwhile at Independence Stadium in Choma, third placed Green Eagles host Nkana in an all-top four clash.
Nkana and Eagles meet after their 2022 ABSA Cup semifinal exits over the weekend to Napsa Stars and Red Arrows on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Eagles are just a point behind Zesco on 48 points and are four points ahead of Nkana who are battling to consolidate their number four spot to try and qualify for next seasons CAF Confederation Cup