100% record! Chipolopolo JNRs thump young Pharoahs
A brace from Patson Daka and a goal from Fashion Sakala helped Zambia come from behind to beat the young pf Pharoahs 3-1 in a thrilling game at Heroes Stadium.
And Guinea beat Mali 3-2 to become the second African country to qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.
Zambia made only one change to the starting XI which saw speedy winger Chrispin Sakulanda come in for he teams best attacking midfielder Emmanuel Banda.
This meant that Edward Chilufya who has been outstanding on he flanks moved into central attack to partner Patson Daka while Enock Mwepu played in the attacking midfield role.
Egypt had to change something after they looked second based in their first two matches despite picking draws in them and hey did just that.
Akram Hassan and Ahmed Hussein were introduced for Taher Mohamed and Ahmed Mostafa.
The changes seemed to work for Egypt as the hosts struggled to conjure any meaningful attack.
Egypt were loozing dangerous with their runs on the flanks and their persistence paid off in the 36th minute when captain of the side Karim Hassan finished off easily from within the six yard box after Zambia was exposed on he left side of defense.
It was clear that it was not working for Bestone Chambeshi’s boys and even when Chilufya was released with a through ball minutes after conceding, he dithered on the ball for the defender to clear.
‘Quick Silver’ did not even wait for the break as he rang the changes in he 43rd minute with Banda replacing Sakulanda.
After the break, it was back to normal service once the midfield master Banda was in position to pull the strings and Mwepu pushed up to join Daka.
Zambia pinned the North Africans and Daka finished off a loose ball in spectacular fashion to give his team the equalizer which turned the atmosphere in the stadium ecstatic in the 5th minute.
Mwepu then broke on the right and he sent an inviting cross into the box which was met square by Fashion Sakala’s head for an emphatic finish which put Zambia in the driving seat on 70 minutes.
Daka who had earlier missed what seemed the easiest chance of the game made up for that when he ran on to a through ball to blast home from inside the box with a minute to play.
In Ndola, Guinea twice came from behind to boot out Mali and qualify ahead of Egypt.
Mali led by a goal at half time through a Sekou Koita goal in the third minute which was cancelled out by substitute Morlaye Sylla who scored from the spot.
Mali were back in front minutes later through Moussaka Diakite who scored a penalty.
Guinea fought back and scored an equalizer through Sylla before Mohamed Camara completed he come back on 72 minutes.
Zambia will now await the second placed team in Group B which will be decided on Sunday while Guinea will stay in Ndola to play the group B winners.
Zambia XI v Egypt
Mangani Banda, Prosper Chiluya, Shemmy Mayembe, Moses Nyondo, Solomon Sakala, Boyd Musonda (Harrison Chisala), Chrispine Sakulanda (Emmanuel Banda), Enock Mwepu, Edward Chilufya, Patson Daka, Fashion Sakala
Egypt XI v Zambia
Mohamed E, Ahmed H, Osama G, Mahmoud M, Karim Hassan, Nasser M, Mostafa M, Akram H, Ahmed Hussein, Ahmed R, Ahmed M
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