Chambeshi sends Zambia to Cosafa Semis with win over Namibia
The Zambia national soccer team has qualified to the semi finals of the 2018 regional Cosafa Cup tournament after they beat a stubborn Namibia side 4-3 on post match penalties.
This was after the two side played out to a goalless draw in regulation time.
Caretaker coach Beston Chambeshi named a less familiar line-up giving Benson Sakala, Shemmy Mayembe, Kelvin Mubanga and Martin Sikaonga their first full caps.
It’s was a low profile first half with both teams failing to create meaningful chances in front of goal and Nsabata going into the break without making a save.
Zambia’s best chance of the first half fell to Lazarous Kambole who was played through by Jack Chirwa but he ballooned his effort in the box under pressure.
Zambia were looking the more likely team to score after the restart with Clatous Chama pulling the strings and eventual man of the match Kelvin Mubanga coming more into the game.
Mbaeva in the Namibia goal looked busy; first having to tip a Mubanga long range shot over the bar in the 54th minute before he pulled off a brilliant save in the 59th minute to deny John Chingandu who had found himself with only the keeper to beat.
With the game looking unlikely to produce a goal, Chambeshi introduced Ronald Kampamba in the 70th minute for less effective John Chingandu and later brought on Collins Sikombe for Mubanga but his charges could still not the break.
But it was Namibia who counter attacked with 6 minutes to play. Ziyo was beaten on the edge of the box and a curled low shot was only kept out by the agile Nsabata to help see the game end nil all.
Namibia missed their first two penalties with Nsabata saving the first one well.
Zambia were on target with Sikombe, Chirwa, Nsabata,) and Chama while Kambole saw his effort come off the upright.
The result sees the Chipolopolo storm the semi finals and will await the winner between South Africa and Madagascar.
Zambia XI v Namibia
Toaster Nsabata – Shemmy Mayembe, Martin Sikaonga, Billy Mutale, Ziyo Tembo – Benson Sakala, Jack Chirwa – Clatous Chama, Kelvin Mubanga, John Chingandu – Lazarous Kambole
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