ZAMBIAN LEAGUE CRANKS UP ON SUPERSPORT - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
SuperSport on Thursday features one of Zambiaís oldest clubs, City of Lusaka, ahead of the league kick-off this weekend.

On Mpila Zambia, the countryís premier football show, City coach Hector Chilombo discusses the teamís ambitions this term.

Chilombo start the season without assistant coach Happy Sichikolo, who has moved to Kabwe Warriors in the same capacity.

Having guided the community-sponsored side to a fourth-place finish last season, Chilombo is confident of an inspiring performance this time.

Not even the departure of key players Kennedy Chola to Green Buffaloes or Lawrence Lubinda in search of new pastures in South Africa will deter his aspirations.

Thatís why his major plea -- as the SuperSport crew pays a courtesy call on his team at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka -- is to the home fans.

Statistics, he says, showthat City lost most of their points at home last season and largely attributes this to the vociferous crowd putting too much pressure on the boys.

Like midfielder Derrick Mulenga, Chilombo is hopeful that the home fans will rally the team to an historic performance with a renewed attitude.

For goalkeeper William Chibale, his performance should earn him a place in either the Under 23 or African Nations Championship team.

The former under-20 international is positive that City will not disappoint their home fans this season.

In the visit to City, Mpila Zambia is up close with Ackson Phiri, a veteran in local football with experience well over 10 years.

Phiri talks about his journey from Zanaco to National Assembly and finally City. But what does the future hold? He answers this question on Mpila Zambia.

An intriguing analysis ahead of the season kicking off (by BBC sports correspondent Kennedy Gondwe and former Zanaco defender Desmond Mugawa) is part of the Mpila package that gives you the very latest in local news and fixtures.

Catch the action on SuperSport Select at 7pm (CAT) on Thursday.

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