Amajita hold Zambia in international friendly
The Zambia under twenty national soccer team was held to a 3-3 draw by visiting South Africa in an international friendly match played on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Charles Bwale who was being assisted by Perry Mutapa named their best possible starting eleven and the young Chipolopolo dominated from the start.
Thomas Zulu in the holding was making it hard for South Africa to play in the midfield but it was Israel based Kings Kangwa who opened the scores with a well taken shot from outside the box after the Amajita failed to convincingly clear a corner in the 20th minute.
Zambia continued to look comfortable but they were punished by a brilliant pass which caught left back Benson Kolala out of position for the attacker to square ball which found Lyle Foster at the back post to finish with ease in the 40th minute.
Zambia could have gone into the break with a lead but they were unfortunate to see Oliver Lumbiya’s effort come off the crossbar in the 45th minute.
After the restart, Amajita were the better side but a break on the left by hard working Lameck Banda saw him find half time substitute Martin Njobvu who made no mistake in the 50th minute.
South Africa responded almost immediately with a brilliant long range effort from Wiseman Meyiwa which tucked into the far post leaving Prince Bwalya in goal with no chance.
With the Zambian defense looking disjoint, Amajita took the lead when Promise Mkhuma ran onto a through ball played in the centre of Zambia’s defense to go round the goalie and score in an empty goal.
Zambia got the all important equalizer in the 73rd minute when Francesco Mwepu headed home from corner.
It wasa much improved performance by the reigning Africa U20 champions after they lost 1-0 to Malawi but Bwale still has work to do before Saturday to get his combinations right.
Zambia will host Burundi on July 14 before facing the East Africans in Ngozi on July 21.
The winner over two legs will qualify to the Niger finals that will be held in February next year.
ZAMBIA U20 Vs SOUTH AFRICA
(22) Prince Bwalya (C) (6) Justin Mwanza (12) Benson Kolala (2) Kasonde Mulenga (5) Kingsley Hakwiya (15) Thomas Zulu (18) Oliver Lumbiya (11) Obino Chisala (10) Lameck Banda (7) Kings Kangwa (19) Francisco Mwepu
(16) Flobby Mashakalati, (14) James Chilimina (9) Martin Njobvu (3) Albert Kangwanda (17) Muma Mumba (13) Christopher Katongo (4) Jonathan Kapelembe (8) Chanda Mukuka (20) Victor Mubanga
(16) Khulukeni Kubheka, (18) Thabo Maloisane, (8), Njabulo Blom, (3), Gluemore Khupe, (17) Sibusiso Mabiliso, (15) Siphesilhe Mkhize, (6) Wiseman Meyiwa, (9) Duncan Adonis, (19) Kobamelo Kodisang, (7) Promise Mkhuma, (10) Lyle Foster
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