CHAN 2018: Sudan punish Zambia at quarter final stage
The Zambia national soccer team has been eliminated from the on-going CHAN tournament at the quarter final stage after losing 1 – 0 to Sudan on Saturday evening.
The Chipolopolo were undone by a Saifeldin Bakhit goal in the first half and they failed to come into the game to equalize after a lacklustre performance.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda made two changes to his starting eleven which saw Martin Phiri start in a tactical change while debutant John Mwangeni got the nod to fill in at the back in the absence of suspended Simon Silwimba.
It was a nightmare debut for the Nkana defender as he had a shaky game and he was exposed in the 32nd minute when he failed to keep Bhakit in check in the box for the striker to shoot past Toaster Nsabata in the Zambia goal.
Sudan were enjoying possession but Zambia were creating half chances with the closest coming when a header by Kondwani Mtonga from a corner was saved by the keeper.
Nyirenda reshuffled his back-line in the second half bringing Jack Chirwa for Mwangeni. The change saw Chirwa take up a more advanced role in midfield with Mtonga taking the defensive role.
Donashano Malama who had a good dropped to the right back with Adrian Chama restored to the centre back position.
The changes only stabilized the defense but did little to revive the attack as Ernest Mbewe and Augustine Mulenga who have the catalysts of Zambia’s attacking play were well marshalled by the Sundanese defense.
Despite looking better after the changes, the Sudanese easily saw out the game with their goalkeeper not being troubled.
The Nile Crocodiles will proceed to meet the winner between Nigeria and Angola.
The Chipolopolo will be on the next flight home after the poor outting which sees them fall at the quarter final stage again after they were beaten on penalties at the same stage on penalties at the Rwanda tournament, though this time they fell without much of a fight.
Zambia XI V Sudan
Toaster Nsabata – Adrian Chama, Ziyo Tembo, John Mwengani (Jack Chirwa), Fackson Kapumbu – Kondwani Mtonga, Donashano Malama – Ernest Mbewe (Chanda Mushili) , Augustine Mulenga, Martin Phiri, Lazarous Kambole (Friday Samu)
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