Chipolopolo impress in Guinea Bissau win
The Zambia national team has claimed an important victory in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they beat visiting Guinea Bissau 2 – 1.
Stopilla Sunzu and Justin Shonga scored on either side of the half while skipper Kennedy Mweene made a howler when gifted the visitors a goal.
Zambia started well and were on the front foot in the opening exchanges with Augustine Mulenga and Clatous Chama pulling the strings on the left of attack while left full back Lawrence Chungu was also having a torrid time against a fast paced Toni Silva.
After the first 10 minutes, Guinea Bissau were looking the better team and attacking more.
But Zambia made the break through in the 17th minute when they played a short corner which towering Sunzu headed home with the Guinea Bissau defender desperately trying to clear off the line.
The Chipolopolo did not look back after that and dominated the game from then on with some beautiful display of football varying their attack with pace and some neat passing which the visitors were failing to contend with.
Enock Mwepu was unlucky to see his shot blocked by the keeper after Sven Vandebroeck’s side passed their way into the box for the Red Bull Salzburg midfielder to find himself one on one with the goalkeeper who was in the right position in the 30th minute.
The fans who had filled the giant Heroes Stadium to capacity had to wait until the 52nd minute for the second goal and this time it was the pace of Shonga that saw him pounce on a Chama through ball to go round the keeper and score from a tight angle.
The Chipolopolo could have gone on to score more goals but misses from, Mwepu, Lubambo Musonda and substitute Patson Daka who both hit the wodwork in the dying minutes saw the score remain the same going into the final 10 minutes.
As if trying to show that he was bored with inaction, goalkeeper Mweene made a horrendous error when the ball was pinched from him by Frederic Mendy when he tried to beat the striker for Guine Bissau to pull one back to set up a nerve wrecking final minutes.
Zambia held on to the lead to pick their first win in the qualifiers and move to four points joining Guinea Bissau and Mozambique who have similar points with Mozambique leading on goal difference. Mozambique however have a game in hand against Namibia.
16) Kennedy Mweene, (2) Solomon Sakala, (13) Stoppilla Sunzu, (14) Kabaso Chongo, (3) Lawrence Chungu, (19) Nathan Sinkala, (11) Enock Mwepu (Salulani Phiri), (7) Clatous Chota, (8) Lubambo Musonda, (22) Augustine Mulenga (Patson Daka), (12) Justin Shonga (Isaac Shamujopa)
GUINEA BISSAU STARTNG XI
(1) Jonas Asvedo Memdes, (2) Eliseu Soares, (3) Edigerson Gomes, (14) Juary Marinho Soares, (6) Bocak Balde, (20) Manconi Soriano Mane, (7) Jose Luiz Lopes, (8) Francesco Santos, (15) Tony Silva, (9) Carlos Apna Eubalo, (13) Frederic Mendy,
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