by Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Chipiku Premier Division leaders, Airborne Rangers, host second-placed Mlatho Mponela today with the latter seeking to bridge the gap from the former.
With three points separating Airborne and Mlatho, both teams have different missions heading into the match.
Airborne lead the chart with 33 points from 16 games whereas Mlatho have 30 points from 15 matches
A win can see Airborne extend the lead at the summit of the log table.
On paper, it looks a tall order for the Mponela-based side to find the bridge to Airborne, considering that the soldiers are enjoying a rich vein of form, especially at home.
Airborne Head Coach, Kenwood Nkhoma, said the match is a must-win for his charges.
“It is a tricky match for both teams and we need to be careful. Both teams are playing good football, so it would be a battle of giants but we hope to collect maximum points,” the former Kamuzu Barracks coach said.
Mlatho, who are coached by former Silver Strikers midfielder Bothwell Saka, have many talented players.
Saka said his charges are aiming at nothing short of collecting maximum points.
“We are going there with one aim—to get the result. I do not see anything stopping us from beating them because the players are eager to win the game,” Saka said.
Airborne are pinning their hopes on the league’s second leading scorer, Kefas Zimba (12 goals) and Joseph Kamata (11 goals) whereas Mlatho will rely on Anderson Kumplota (10 goals) and Gerald Mwanza (two goals).
In other games this weekend, Jidi FC date Ocasor FC whereas Mtsiliza United host Support Battalion at Mtsiliza Ground.
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