CHAN 2018: Chipolopolo shoot past Ivory Coast to reach quarter finals
The Zambia national team has qualified to the quarter finals of the on going CHAN tournament after picking a 2 – 0 victory over Ivory Coast thanks a to a brace by Augustine Mulenga.
Zambia become only the second team to book a spot in the knockout stage after hosts Morocco who have also picked back to back wins in their open two matches.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda made only one forced change to the team that beat Uganda 3 – 1 in the opening match with Friday Samu coming in for injured Alex ‘Bazo’ Ngonga.
The change did not faze the team as they looked in control of the game from the start to the end despite some early jitters in defense.
Zambia are looking dangerous on the counter-attack they were unsettling the West Africans with runs on the flanks.
A back heel from Friday Samu near the right touch line found Lazarous Kambole on the run and he squared a ball for Mulenga who was arriving from the left and he struck home from outside the box neatly curling a low first time shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper Zadi Ble.
Samu who was making his first start for Zambia was making a nuisance of himself but failing to find the net. However Ernest ‘Alteeza’ Mbewe had a biggest miss of the evening in the 31st minute when a cross from Mulenga found him free at the back post but he saw his header come off the cross bar.
After the break, Ivory Coast were beginning to control the midfield with Brouh Ngou and William upfront but they were lacking the punch in the final third. But it was Zambia who again came close with Mbewe seeing his effort cleared off the line in the 68th minute.
Two minutes later, Alteeza broke on the right and he picked Mulenga who wiggled his way past three challenges with composure to shoot past the goalkeeper for Zambia’s second.
Zambia will play Namibia in the final game that will determine the winner of the group in the final group game on Monday at 2100hrs.
Ivory Coast will wait to play for pride against Uganda on Monday but will head back home after that as the result leaves them with no chance of qualification.
Man of the match Mulenga goes second on the top scorers chart with three goals two behind leading goal scorer Kaabi of Morocco while Alteeza and Kambole have two assists each in the tournament so far.
18. Toaster Nsabata, 4. Adrian Chama, 5. Lazarous Kambole (Jack Chirwa) 6. Simon Silwimba, 7. Ernest Mbewe, 15. Donashano Malama, Kondwani Mtonga, 17. Augustine Mulenga, 19. Ziyo Tembo ©, 20. Fackson Kapumbu, 23. Friday Samu (Katiba Mike)
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1.Zadi Ble, 2. Dagou Britto, 3. Akassou Koutouan, 4. Wonlo Coulibaly, 5. Essis Fulgence Aka, 6. Hamed Diomande ©, 7.Mel Togui, 8. Brou N’goh, 11. Kouame Alphonse Yao, 14. Mohammed Sanogo, 15. Diallo Kouassi
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