FC Muza and Red Arrows Set to Ignite Rivalry

In what promises to be a high-stakes showdown, Red Arrows and FC Muza are gearing up for a rescheduled week two fixture scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2023. This match is poised to draw a considerable number of supporters from both sides, owing to the history between these two teams. Let’s delve into the rivalry, their past encounters, and what to expect in this eagerly anticipated fixture.

Last season saw these two teams locked in memorable battles, both in the ABSA CUP and the Super League. Their first encounter in the 2022/23 Zambia Super League ended in a stalemate at Nakambala Stadium. However, it was in the ABSA CUP semifinals where FC Muza secured a crucial victory over Red Arrows, leaving a lasting impression.

The return fixture in the Zambia Super League (ZSL) became infamous when it was abandoned at halftime due to security concerns. In the aftermath, the Ethics Committee of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) penalized Red Arrows, awarding FC Muza three points and three goals. This decision solidified FC Muza’s second position in the ZSL standings.

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As they head into this fixture, both teams are in good form. FC Muza is coming off a convincing home win, having triumphed 2-0 against newly promoted side Mutondo Stars. On the other hand, Red Arrows recently secured their first draw of the season, facing Forest Rangers away. Notably, Forest Rangers currently sit in fourth place on the league table after three games.

Andrew Phiri leads the list of top scorers and will be aiming to extend his lead, while former golden boot winner for Red Arrows, Licky Banda, is still searching for his scoring touch.

Coach Chisi Mbewe is likely to rely on veteran striker James Chamanga upfront and keep Charles Kalumba in goal. Benedict Chipeshi is expected to lead the backline, with Yosuf Sadam Phiri taking charge of the midfield.

This fixture serves as a significant test for FC Muza, who are preparing for a crucial Caf Confederation encounter against Diable Noirs at Heroes Stadium immediately after the international FIFA window.

Football enthusiasts can witness this highly charged matchup at Chelstone Nkoloma Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 15:00 hrs. Expectations are running high, and fans from both sides are eagerly awaiting what promises to be a riveting clash between two determined teams.

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