CHAN 2018: Zambia face Sudan in Quarter Final after being held by Namibia
The Zambia national soccer team will play Sudan in the quarter finals of the 2018 CHAN tournament after topping group B following a 1 – 1 draw with the Warriors of Namibia.
It was a hard earned point against an organised and determined Namibia side who scored first through Limpundo with Zambia replying through Lazarous Kambole.
Wedson Nyirenda made only one change to the team that beat Ivory Coast starting with Mike Katiba ahead of Friday Samu.
Namibia controlled most portions of the game but it was Zambia who threatened first when ‘master of assists’ Ernest Mbewe beat his marker for pace to cut into the box at the by-line and his cross found the head of Kondwani Mtonga who headed over the bar from inside the six yard box in the 8th minute.
The Warriors went ahead four minutes later when a long free kick was whipped from the right into a congested area. With Toaster Nsabata not sure whether to go for the ball or not, he was beaten with the slightest of touches.
Namibia retreated and where defending in numbers and it had to take the brilliance of Mbewe who got on a through ball to dash to the by-line and cut the ball back for an alert Kambole who finished well with his first touch in the 24th minute.
Zambia then controlled the game from there on till the break with Kambole coming close a couple of times but failing to bury the game.
After the interval, Namibia took the game to the Chipolopolo and were unlucky not to go ahead after a break on the left side which saw the striker go one on one with Nsabata in the 50th minute but the Zanaco shot stopper was equal to the task.
There were chances on both ends with Kambole missing a free header, Mbewe shooting wide from close range but it was Namibia who ended strong with Zambia happy to soak the pressure as the draw suited Chipolopolo boys.
Both teams proceed to the quarter finals with Namibia staying in Casablanca where they will play hosts Morocco while Zambia will head back to Marakech where they will play Sudan on Saturday.
Zambia XI v Namibia
Toaster Nsabata – Simon Silwimba, Ziyo Tembo, Adrian Chama, Fackson Kapumbu – Donshano Malama, Mtonga Kondwani (Jack Chirwa- Augustine Mulenga, Lazarous Kambole (Larry Bwalya) Ernest Mbewe – Mike Katiba (Friday Samu)
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