By Chinyemba Becks Kalama and Mukuka Museba
“Pass-masters” Power Dynamos entertain legendary 11-times League Champions, Nkana FC “Kalampa” in one of the most fiercely contested local derbies on African soil slated for one of Zambia’s finest playing surfaces, Arthur Walter Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
Against the back drop of Chipolopolo’s less than impressive performances in recent games that has sparked heavy criticism and widespread calls across the nation to include players like Clifford Mulenga and the Power skipper, Joseph Sitali among others in the Chipolopolo squad, the highly demanding Zambian soccer fans will look forward to this derby to have their insatiable appetite for the beautiful game whetted.
“Kalampa” buoyed by the change of fortunes since the sacking of Power Dynamos legend, Linos Makwaza have rediscovered their form under the tutelage of former Nkana great, Zeddy Saileti. An intriguing midfield contest is looming in Saturday’s epic battle for Kitwe’s bragging rights where Nkana’s new skipper, Sydney Kalume, Mwila Kabwe and Gomezyani will fight for supremacy with Power’s fantastic four. The versatile, Kalume capped in the CAF Confederations Cup with Zanaco before trekking to Zesco last year brings with him assured anchorman abilities to the “Kalampa” midfield.
However, it is Nkana’s striking sensation of Evans Kangwa and
Reynolds “Sate Sate” Kampamba that pose the biggest threat. The former Malaysia based professional, Kamuzati Kabwe has been rock-solid at the heart of the Power defence. However, it remains to be seen whether his defence partner, Billy Imonda can contend with either of the two Nkana’s young strikers widely seen as the most potent striking partnership in the ZPL.
On the flipside of the coin, MTN-FAZ Premier League reigning champions, Power Dynamos come into this game boasting of probably the most talented side in the league epitomized by their “fantastic four” resource base in midfield. Leading Power’s engine room is the slippery skipper, Joseph “Adepoju” Sitali, whom most soccer pundits have declared as the most sophisticated playmaker in the league. The magical Mukuka “Deco” Mulenga, who recently mesmerized Herve Renard in the Mali U-20 outing prompting the Frenchman to include him in the senior national team, international Thomas Nyirenda and dribbling wizard Kennedy Mudenda (the 2008 Zambian Player of the Year) complete Power’s fluid midfield. Mr. reliable Emmanuel Chimpinde alongside former U-20 World Cup skipper Sebastian Mwansa are Power’s other rich options. To get the goals, Power will count on Simon “Diego” Bwalya. This diminutive man has a penchant for scoring in big games. Graven “Killer” Chitalu, U-20 international Felix Nyaende and Francis “Boban panga bola” Kamfwa might come to the party in the front line.
Nkana eager to turn around the 5-1 massacre they suffered in the reverse fixture at Estadio de Levy have steadily climbed on the log in eighth position and Power placed second are chasing their second successive league title in as many years.
The fact that Nkana have an inspiring fighting-spirit and are capable of beating any side while Power’s methodical passing football can make even Barcelona proud makes this particular local derby a cut above the rest and certainly one to watch!
Previous Local Derby Results Courtesy of Mukuka Museba
Year First Leg Second Leg
2008 Nkana 0 Power 1 (K.Mudenda) Power 3 Nkana 0 (E.Mkandawire-2 &
2010 Nkana 1 Power 2 (D.Chiwaya – Power 1 Nkana 1 (S.Bwalya for Power)
M.Mulenga & J.Sitali for Power)
2011 Nkana 0 Power 0 Power 0 Nkana 1 (Evans Kangwa)
2012 Nkana 1 Power 5 (M.Mulenga,
E.Chimpinde, J.Sitali, G.Chitalu
& K.Mudenda) & J.Milanzi-Nk
Power Dynamos Nkana FC
1.Joshua Titima 1.Brown Nyirenda
2.Govenda Simwala 2.“Lilayi”
3.Lawrence Chungu 3.Mateyo
4.Kamuzati Kabwe 4.Charles Samujomba
5.Billy Imonda 5.Malani Gondwe
6.Thomas Nyirenda 6.Sydney Kalume (C)
7.Simon Bwalya 7.Gomezyani
8. Joseph Sitali (C ) 8.Mwila Kabwe
9.Felix Nyaende 9.Reynolds Kampamba
10.Mukuka Mulenga 10.Evans Kangwa
11.Kennedy Mudenda 11. Philemon