Battle For ABSA Cup Glory Enters Two
The 2021 ABSA Cup will be back this afternoon (Sunday) at Woodlands Stadium with another set of quarterfinals that will see Lusaka Dynamos face Prison Leopards while Zanaco takes on Kabwe Warriors.
Prison Leopards who can very easily pass for the team of the FAZ/MTN Super League first round of the season will be looking to continue their giant killing acts in a 13:00 hours kick-off.
There only claim to cup glory is a 2002 Coca Cola Cup fourth place finish when they lost 5-4 on post-match penalties to Kitwe United in the third and fourth play-off.
With minnows shining on match day one, Prison Leopards could look to sustain the momentum when they face elite Lusaka Dynamos in a lunchtime kick-off.
The Wedson Nyirenda coached Dynamos have three ABSA Cup appearances with a semi-final appearance in 2017 their best finish so far. There other appearances are fourth place in 2008 and a quarterfinal berth in 2007.
In the 15:00 hours kick-off Zanaco will face a Kabwe Warriors in a match that promises to light up the stage.
The bankers have qualified in all ABSA Cup competitions except the 2020 aborted one and have appeared in four finals winning the trophy once in 2017.
Coach Chris Kaunda could be looking to set them for another shot at glory with today’s fixture providing the platform.
However, on the opposite end the ‘Magnificent People’s Team’ will be highly motivated having participated in the ABSA Cup four times with three quarterfinals appearances.
Kabwe Warriors were ejected in the first round in 2007 and lost out in the quarterfinals in 2008, 2012 and 2015.
Coach Chabby Chabala has several standout players that could push Warriors to glory.
Red hot Akakubelwa Mwachiaba, Jimmy ‘Beleki’ Ndhlovu, Dominic Chnada, Twiza Chaibela and the hard-working Prince Mumba could be the men to kick start the Warriors’ dream to glory.
ABSA Bank has staked K3.8 million in the 2021 tournament with Man of the Match accolades pegged at K15, 000 while coach of the tournament will pocket K25, 000.
The eventual winners will get K600, 000.
All games are being beamed live on SuperSport.
On match day one Konkola Blades sliced their way to the semi-finals with a deserved 1-0 win over Forest Rangers while Zesco United beat Kansanshi Dynamos 5-3 on post-match penalties after the match ended 1-1 in normal time.
NOTE: Games are being played without spectators following the Ministry of Health ban on fans due to the Covid-19 pandemic.