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FAZ Premier League Week 1 Preview

Sports FAZ Premier League Week 1 Preview

The 2007 top-flight season kicks off this Saturday with six out of the eight scheduled week 1 fixtures taking place.

Champions Zanaco and runners-up Buffaloes are both away on Caf club cup assignments this weekend.

This will give Power Dynamos and Kabwe Warriors, who finished 3rd and 4th respectively, a chance to possibly enjoy an early head-start over last seasons top-two finishers.

Zanaco meanwhile were due to host Nakambala Leopards while Buffaloes too had a scheduled home fixture against Zesco United.

Power travel to 2004 league champions Red Arrows who had a difficult 2006 season after flirting with relegation for most of last year before finishing 10th.

Arrows will be hoping to extend their 4-match unbeaten league run stretching from the latter part of last season when they face Power who ended their 2006 league campaign with a 2-0 home defeat against Zanaco.

However, Power face Arrows having beaten their hosts this weekend both home and away last season and will be hoping for more of the same at Nkoloma.

Power are also set to introduce their top-two new signings in playmaker Joseph Sitali and defender Terence Mpundu formally of Kitwe United.

Meanwhile, much more is expected from striker Elson Mukandawire this season who begins his third season with the Arthur Davies side but has yet to fulfil his full potential.

The game will also see defender Lombe Kaluba facing his former club for the first time since joining Arrows from Forest Rangers this year.

At Railway Ground in Kabwe, Warriors host Nchanga Rangers with the latter set to rollout a whole new frontline against The Railwaymen.

Ex-Forest strikers Floyd Phiri and Lyson Siakonga are expected to start against Warriors as the 1998 league champions seek to put a forgettable 2006 behind them.

In the rest of Saturdays other league fixtures, Forest stay home to entertain National Assembly FC at their almost impenetrable Dola Hill stadium in Ndola.

At Konkola stadium in Chililabombwe, Konkola Blades await promoted Young Arrows.
Zamtel FC make their top-flight debut with a home fixture in Ndola at Musa Kasonka against Lusaka Dynamos in our featured match of the day.

And at Woodlands stadium, age-old rivalries will be rekindled when City of Lusaka host Roan United in a “Black and White” derby.

Both City and Roan, founding members of the over half the century-old Zambian top-flight, were promoted back to the top-flight at the end of last season.

The two return to the top-flight for the first time since they were both relegated at the end of the 2003 league season.

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