U20 Afcon: Zambia 3 – 1 Egypt (Player rater)
Zambia Under-20 camed from behind to beat the young pharoahs of Egypt 3-1 in an exciting match at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium in a Group A dead rubber match
The script was the same as it was at the 1996 African Cup of Nations, goals from Elijah Litana, Vincent Mutale and the late Dennis Lota earned Zambia a semi final berth over Egypt.
Below the ZamFoot Crew’s Kondwani Gondwe takes a look at how the ‘Chipolopolo Jnr’ fared.
1. Mangani Banda– 8
Was always ready when called on. A tad sleepy for the opener. Beaten at near post only to concede his second goal of the tournament
13. Shemmy Mayembe – 6
Though he is good at overlapping, the Zesco United right back has been failing to curl in crosses despite being in better position. Still did well in defensive positions.
3. Prosper Chiluya – 7
Not always called on. But was always ready to be involved in attack when it came down to it.
5. Solomon ‘Skippo’ Sakala – 7
Captain. Was always ready to commit to the tackle and stop the attacks. Nearly took out the Egyptian defender.
2. Moses Nyondo – 8
An absolutely calm presence at the back and looked to play the ball into a man rather than clear. Top drawer stuff.
21. Boyd ‘The Tanker’ Musonda – 6
Always pressing although he seemed determined to stay on his feet so he can’t pick up a booking for the knock out stages.
His protection of the back four was superb.
7. Chrispine Sakulanda -5
Looked a bit timid in his display. Always had an amazing first touch. Should have had square the ball for Fashion Sakala on the counter. Substituted in the first half.
On the eve of the tournament, he was the first choice right winger ahead of Edward Chilufya but a bout of flu kept him out of the first game and the ‘Kasama Boy’ has grasped his run in the team.
11. Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu- 8
Provided a consummate cross for Fashion Sakala’s goal to take the lead. Intelligently used the ball.
10. Fashion ‘Thee Swag’ Sakala – 8
3 goals in 3 games. Good rate going. A bit unintelligible with his runs that got flagged for offside. Grand showing from the Spartak Moscow B boy
14. Edward ‘Tiger’ Chilufya – 7
Always looks to be about to do something. A bit unlucky not to be involved in a goal.
Intelligent runs and he is always on the move. His take off was spot.
He has been compared to the late Timothty ‘Teacher’ Mwitwa. In terms of goal threat then it has to be Simon Bwalya. He is a real threat in the box.
20. Patson ‘Papa’ Daka – 9
Two goals for his efforts. Mark of a good forward. Always running and keeping the defenders on their toes. A committed showing with goals.
Good of grabbed a hatrick.
12. Emmanuel ‘The Maestro’ Banda – 7
Tidy passer of the ball. Always looking to break the lines with a through ball. A solid shout to start the Semi final.
The influence of Emmanuel Banda is also very clear on the team. Its seemed most of them were struggling before he came in to pull the strings and bring everyone into play
Mwila Mwape – NA.
Not on long enough to to rate.
You can vote for your best player of the group stage for Zambia in he poll section on the home page. You are allowed two votes.
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