Algeria 0-1 Zambia: Player Rater
The Zambia national team picked a historic vital victory in Constatine Algeria to move into second position in group B of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. This was the first time Algeria were losing at home since 2003. The ZamFoot Crew rates the performance of the the Chipolopolo boys in the hard-fought victory.
Kennedy Mweene 9.5
What a game for the number one shot- stopper. He put up brilliant and critical saves including a 15th minute penalty. He brought the leadership and experience which helped calm the defense even when under massive pressure. He made save after save in the dying minutes to deny Algeria the much needed goal. He slowed the game down to break the opponent’s rhythm and who would blame him when a world cup appearance is the only thing remaining on to be attached to his illustrious career.
Simon Silwamba 5.0
Simon seemed to be the weakest link on the Zambian backline. He was exposed in defense and forced Kondwani to play rather too deep in thwarting defence but when he was on the ball going forward, he showed great foresight.
Stopila Sunzu 7.5
The Russian based defender was in brilliant form and he put up a strong performance. He made important clearances and his partnership with Ziyo Tembo seems to be getting better by the day.
Ziyo Tembo 6.5
The Zanaco lanky defender showed great composure and experience when on and off the ball. He covered his full backs very well whenever they were exposed.
Fackson Kapumbu 5.5
A disciplined performance from the Zesco United left back. He conceded the penalty after he brought down the Algeria #4 Attal Youcef. This is the same player who came off the bench in the first leg and made a similar run but was lucky not concede a penalty in Lusaka. He cut off the Algerian speedy wingers quite well but he opted to boot all ball into the final third instead of playing out of defense.
Kondwani Mtonga 7.5
Mr dependable was at it again. He did most of the dirty work in the middle of the park. Kondwani’s work rate and height has made him almost irreplaceable. He stood strong right on top of the back four. Kondwani and Mwepu covered for each other well in a disciplined performance that saw then stay compact in the middle.
Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu 7.5
What a lad! Started ahead of Russian based meastro Chisamba Lungu and his presence offered the extra creativity besides the tenacity in the middle of the pack. Even when dangerous Mahrez turned infield he ran into the pillar of either Mwepu or Mtonga. He made good interceptions and passes but hardly ventured too far ahead.
Justin Shonga. 5.0
Not the kind of game for the Nkwazi sharp shooter the strikers saw very little of the defense splitting passes to ran on to which he thrives on. Even when stepped up to take the free kicks which he is dangerous at, they were tame. The coach did well to take him off as his was lost in the crowd and his combination with Daka didn’t click.
Ernest Mbewe 6.5
What a shift he put in running up and down the right flank. He played to his strength and split the defence and managed to outshine them with speed. He helped at right back very well forcing Algerian skipper Brahimi to cut infield where he was also finding issues to go past Mtonga. He was replaced in the second half.
Augustine ‘Oga’ Mbewe. 7.0
Missed a clear chance to put Zambia ahead but made up for his wastefulness by providing a hard fought assist for Patson Daka when he ran at the Algerian directly infield from the right flank. His ability to drop back and help in defense was key for Zambia.
Patson Daka 8.0
One good chance in the game, one goal! He had a good game in a difficulty match. He did well to hold up play to allow the team to join in attack. Patsons strength in the air guaranteed his winning of the high balls.
Alex Ngo’nga 4.5
Came in for Shonga to offer some extra punch and hassle in attack. He did the latter very well but was very wasteful. He had a one on one chance with the keeper but failed to convert before he wasted the rebound. It was a bad day for the aba yellow striker!
Not rated but he came on in the 89th minute for Patson Daka and he dropped straight to aid the defense on the right to help cut out the crosses.
Made his debut in the last minutes of injury time and won’t be rated.
Wedson Nyirenda 9.0
Wada has continued his fine record with the National team since the loss to Mozambique. His starting XI call is not what most would have gone for as he played an open game at the fortress of the Desert Foxes. While pundits and analysts expected a packed midfield, he went for a 4 4 2 and his lads delivered with aplomb. He rallied his troops from the touchline and was their extra eye as he marshalled their positioning throughout the game.
He played without his lethal striker Brian Mwila but yet managed to gather a team that can play as a unit. Wada Wada continues to prove his critics wrong as he has gone 11 games with only one loss and two draws.
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