A look ahead to this Wednesday’s Division One Zone Two League fixture at Shinde Stadium
Although Kashikishi Warriors come into this game as clear underdogs for this week one rescheduled fixture, they will be buoyed by the week 11 fixture in which they defeated Mufulira Blackpool at their own backyard. That is a great encouragement for them to hope to way away with six points from Mufulira. That is what diverts this game from a routine win for Mufulira Wanderers to a game the Shinde outfit has to concentrate and get a positive result. The log standings in Zone two show how competitive this zone is and it is fixtures such as this one that teams who wants to win promotion should are expected to pick maximum points from.
Kashikishi Warriors though have no pressure as everyone will understand should they lose yet they will make headlines should they get anything at Shinde.
However, that 1 nil victory against Mufulira Blackpool was their first of the season, which will spar them coming into this game especially after considering Wanderers’ first loss of the season at this very ground.
Their dismal run of six points from a possible 30 is only worsened by Mining Rangers who have only collected three from the possible 30, while just having won one on the road this season is leaving them in a perilous position.
On the contrary, Mufulira Wanderers come into this game as one of the form teams in Zone Two, and they will have to forget the loss in week 11 that they suffered at home at the hands of Kansanshi Dynamos and they should regroup themselves to get back to winning ways should they keep their hopes of a quick return to Super league alive.
Wanderer’s loss in week 11 meant they handed over the initiative of playing Barclays Cup to Indeni who took charge of Zone Two with their victory against Kalulushi Modern Stars and worse off, Mighty dropped to fourth behind Konkola Baldes and Chambishi.
Mufulira Wanderers knows what is needed to do in this encounter; it’s to win with a lot of goals and wait for results from other games to start thinking of playing Barclays Cup, but with Kashikishi’s poor record of 6 loses, 2 wins and 2 draws, Maite as they are affectionately known will look to take advantage.
Mufulira Wanderers have scored 11 goals in 10 games, the lowest among the top four while their rate of conceding is 0.5 per game ranked joint second with FQMO Operations with the best defensive record having only allowed 3.
Kashikishi Warriors have the second worst defence having allowed 13 goals in 10 games averaging more than a goal in each game while the scoring effects are very poor and stand on three averaging a goal in three games.
All odds points at a Mufulira Wanderers win and it would hence be a shock should the home team fail to pick maximum points in this encounter. Rating Kashikishi 2/10 to win the encounter while Mufulira Wanderers is at 8/10 while the draw stands at 4/5 and that is due to the poor striking force of Mufulira Wanderers.
KASHIKISHI WARRIORS BRIEF BACKGROUND
The team was established in 1972 by a Mr. J. Mulenga who had businesses in Kashikishi.
It was a family team and their first goalkeeper was the daughter to Mr. Mulenga.
In the late 70s and early 80 the team was being managed by Mr. Mulenga’s children Future and Bright Chansa.
In the 90s when the family withdrew its support for the team, the community took over with the likes of Mr. Kafindondo, Muchi and Chisa. Their coming in revolutionarized the team to be a household name in Luapula and during the Mosi Cup era it emerged the best rural team in Zambia after edging Konkola Blades 2-1 in Nchelenge.
Following the restructuring of the league, Kashikishi Warriors registered to play division 2 Luapula after the league had been in existence for four years.
In 2016 they joined the league and they came out Fifth. In 2017, the second year of playing division 2, they emerged champions losing only one game. That made them to qualify into playing Division one Zone 2.
The current team is built around local boys drawn from Chiengi to Mwense and are managed by a former Kashikishi Warriors player Mutale who is the son to Muchi.
Kashikishi Warriors is a community led team that has attracted interest from far and wide. The biggest boost to the team was the coming into the committee of Abraham Katumbi, brother to TP Mazembe owner Moise Katumbi Chapwe. His coming in has brought in new ideas which is a big morale booster to the team that has seen the team construct their own ground. The team has made football be a religion in Nchelenge where fans cycle more than 50Km on match day to watch the team.
Further sustainability of the team was largely due to people’s love for the game were individuals donate money from people on the street, marketeers as well as businessmen to meet the budget. Players are not paid but play for honour and exposure.
The current team is strong in midfield and defense with a fragile striking force. The bench also needs to build capacity as they lack adequate training for the league they are playing in.