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Blog: 10 goals in 3 games: A balance of quality and quantity in front of goal

On the road to the semi finals of the 2017 Zambia Total U20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, the Zambian lads have scored ten goals in there games.

It has not just been about quantity in front of goal for the Junior Chipolopolo but there’s also been a fair degree of quality in the goals scored  in the group stages for Zambia.

No goal line scrambles, a lot coming from wing play  and a splash of penetrating passes from midfield.

Zambianfootball.co.zm’s Kondwani Gondwe breaks down the goals as they came.

1. Patson Daka  vs Guinea

Delicious through ball served by Emmanuel Banda which Daka hungrily chased into the box and finished with aplomb.

2. Fashion Sakala vs Mali

A well found ball by Patson into the box is spilled back off the cross bar, Daka chases the loose ball to attempt a cross and have his initial effort  blocked off and complete his cross on the second bite of the cherry for Fashion to dart into the ball put of nowhere and head home simply.

3. Emmanuel Banda vs Mali

Long ball from Mayembe aimed at Daka gets poorly cleared by the Malian defense and falls invitingly for Banda who picks his spot and strikes the cleanest volley possible and have the bll crash right into the back of the net.

The Boys have become the first Zambian side to win all three group stage games

4. Enock Mwepu vs Mali

Long searching ball from Solomon Sakala  finds Banda with space to run into but gets fouled before he runs. The ref waves play on as Edward Chilufya finds the loose ball and dashes into the box towards the by line and squares it for Enock Mwepu who finishes like  boss on the outside of his right boot.

5. Edward Chilufya vs Mali

Emmanuel Banda finds Sakala on the left who does a typical run at the defense toward the by line and aims a low cross across the box. The cross deflects from the defenders legs and falls nicely for Mwepu to take a delightful first touch past the om rushing keeper and deliver a looping cross to Chilufya who finishes with his head.

6. Edward Chilufya vs Mali

Another Fashion Sakala run to the by line finished off with a cross across the 6 yard box, keeper gets a touch to put it out of Daka’s path but string into Chilufya who finishes with a first time side foot at the near post.

7. Fashion  Sakala vs Mali

Solomon Sakala impeccably intercepted a Mali pass and calmly laid it off to Enock Mwepu who on the turn found Fashion Sakala on the left wing with space ahead and pace to burn but this time cuts inside tees himself up for a shot and fires into the top corner from range.

Fashion Sakala has scored three goals. He is joint second top scorer with Patson Daka

8. Patson Daka vs Egypt

Edward Chilufya floats in a deep cross beyond the six yard box for Solomon Sakala to head back across the box towards Fashion who sets up Patson brilliantly with his chest for Patson to Volley on the turn and equalise.

9. Fashion Sakala vs Egypt

Great running ball on the right being chased by Enock Mwepu  who delivers an impeccable first time cross Into thebox just beyond Daka but right in place for Sakala who wrestles his marker and heads home from close range.

10. Patson Daka vs Egypt

90th minute of play, ball on the right with Mwepu who spots a run by Patson Daka who is right off the shoulder of the last man and plays a perfectly weighted ball beyond the full back which Daka Chases, takes a touch into the box and finishes expertly with a side foot despite having Fashion Sakala for Support.

Which of the 10 was your best goal and why? Vote for your best goal so far in the poll section on the home page.

19 Comments to Blog: 10 goals in 3 games: A balance of quality and quantity in front of goal

  1. serenje says:

    excellent analysis man

  2. paradox says:

    zamfoot dont go to sleep after afcon ends

  3. paradox says:

    Shout out to all the zamfoot veterans bloggers who have returned, Amandla, justice kafusha and soccerguru etc etc dont argue, you where not there.

  4. chikumbi says:

    Emmanuel banda’s goal against mali is the best so far.

  5. Kuku says:

    All the best Zambia!

  6. SLIM says:

    yes the Banda goal!

  7. Jbs SIMUBENARD says:

    Emmanuel bandas goal is the best one

  8. Sibs says:

    Emmanuel Banda’S 4Oyards scorcher against Mali. What a goaaaaal!!

  9. Tc Soccerman says:

    Good interview from Fashion Sakala, credit Zed corner! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwgmZFiCqVo

  10. Kuku says:

    Mwepu’s deft touch. Very difficult skill. Basically an sumptuous and exquisite pass into the goal. Banda’s long range will edge it i agree. How about Daka’s acrobatic volley and Sakala’s scorcher. Wonderful performances, certainly worth reminiscing about. very powerful young people this group.

  11. Mclin says:

    Emmanuel Banda’s volley

  12. Amandla says:

    Emanuel Banda’s volley and Fashion Sakala’s powerful shot in 18!

  13. malvin msoni says:

    Zambia to the finals after tomorrow’s game against south africa go zambia go we are behind you guys.

  14. Amandla says:

    Yes, Positive Thinking! Even though all the goals were really appetizing!

  15. Pungwa says:

    I think Fashion Sakala’s curver into the top corner far right post does it for me. That’s skill ! I had difficulty in picking this one because Emmanuel Banda’s goal requires serious technique which is a rare skill. Very few hit srike acurateley from that range. Patson Daka’s powerful volley comes third but generally, we have a team colleagues .

  16. J.S says:

    Banda’s volley does it for me. The distance..the technique..unstoppable shot! In my opinion,best goal of the 10 so far.

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