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Chipolopolo fire blanks as they are held in Zimbabwe as Wada Wada is sent off

The Zambia national soccer team has played to a goalless draw against Zimbabwe in an international friendly match played in Zimbabwe.

The Chipolopolo captained by Kennedy Mweene were the better of the two sides but the striker seemed to have left their scoring boots at home.

Zimbabwe will have their goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda to thank for the result.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda named an attacking eleven with the likes of John Chingandu, Fwayo Tembo, Augustine Mulenga, Jackson Mwanza and Ronald Kampamba all starting.

It was the host team that started strong with Rodwell Chinyengetere having a shot across the face of goal that Taonga Bwembya blocked to concede a corner in the 10th minute.

The Zambians were getting warmed up and Fwayo Tembo had his effort easily dealt with from a set piece three minutes later.

In a cagey first half it was Zimbabwe goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda who provided a sideshow with his role as set piece taker in the Zambian half, with the crowd cheering him on.

Zambia stepped up their game and Kampamba was denied by Sibanda in the 39th minute to let the two sides go to the dressing room tied at 0-0.

It was Tembo who came closest in the dying minutes with Sibanda coming to the rescue once again.

In the second half Nyirenda shook up his side by throwing in Kelvin Mubanga for Fwayo Tembo and Richard Kasonde for Kampamba.

It was, however, Jackson Mwanza who was a thorn in the Zimbabwe backline and he twice came close from point blank range, but Sibanda denied him.

Captain of the day Kennedy Mweene organasing his defence as Ziyo Tembo looks on 

Zimbabwe’s Godknows Murwira brought the reflexes out of skipper Kennedy Mweene in the 84th minute when his goal-bound effort was parried away for a corner.

Mweene was called into action a few minutes later when Ronald Chitiyo fluffed an opportunity in the box when he opted to be flashy with a botched bicycle kick effort.

The two sides were using the match to prepare for their African Nations Championship (Chan).

Wada Wada was sent off in the game for protesting on the touchline.

Nyirenda has now presided over five games with one win, two draws and two losses.

Zambia Starting XI v Zimbabwe

Kennedy Mweene, Taonga Bwembya, Fackson Kapumbu, Ziyo Tembo, Billy Mutale, Kondwani Mtonga, John Ching’andu, Fwayo Tembo (Kelvin Mubanga, 65′), Augustine Mulenga, Jackson Mwanza, Ronald Kampamba


Racha Kola. Mumbi Mweene, Richard Kasonde, Clatous Chama, Kevin Mubanga, Justin Shonga

Zimbabwe XI:

E.Sibanda,Amini, Murwira, Jaure,D.Dauda, W.Mhango,Chakoroma,Chinyengetere,Dzukumanja,Chitiyo,P.Dube


8 Comments to Chipolopolo fire blanks as they are held in Zimbabwe as Wada Wada is sent off

  1. Bsimms says:

    Sigh! How many more days to the world cup?

  2. soccerguru says:

    Why did Mayuka miss this match. …
    anyway a number of the chaps mentioned are finished…..time to promote the under 20 strike force to the senior team…

  3. Jbs SIMUBENARD says:

    @ mayuka ruled out for Zimbabwe friendly without proper explanation from zamfoot, zamfoot what was a problem for mayukas absence,anyway better luck next time Chipolopolo and see you in June during the afcon qualifier against Mozambique

  4. Thoko Ngwenya says:

    U20 players should not be rushed into the senior team. The natural progression is to be part of Olympic 2020 vision. It will be good if they move together as a team. Nyirenda just has to find players..call back Chamanga, Jacob Mulenga…what happened to Mukuka Mulenga? How about the other two Musonda boys (forget Charly jnr)…find players who have Zambia roots…especially if we go by particular positions and infusing them in current Chipolopolo. ..wholesale changes will not work…work on defense…work on strikers and midfield…we need soccer analyst..to check on players complete passes …ball winning stats…shots on goal…these are the building blocks of a team…

    • Billy says:

      Those players you mentioning are not available. Jacob Mulenga and Chamanga are too old and finished. Mukuka Mulenga is finished. Forget about the Musonda boys. Talk about something else.

  5. banks says:

    for how long are we going to be winless..from chicken to wada sure. ..under 20 scores en the senior always draws..please pull up your socks

  6. PULU MULENGA says:


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