Chipolopolo wallop Circuit ahead of departure for Morocco
The Zambia national soccer team walloped Division One side Circuit City 5 – 1 in a send off practice match ahead of their departure for 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco.
Coach Wedson ‘Wada’ Nyirenda played two different teams with Friday Samu scoring a brace, while Lazarous Kambole, Jack Chirwa and Alex Ngonga scored a goal each before Circuit scored a consolation.
As predicted earlier by ZamFoot, Wada stuck has stuck to the core of the team that played in the qualifiers and he named a familiar line-up.
Toaster Nsabata – Simon Silwimba, Adrian Chama, Ziyo Tembo, Fackson Kapumbu – Kondwani Mtonga, Jack Chirwa – Augustine Mulenga, Ernest Mbewe – Lazarous Kambole, Friday Samu
As expected, the Chipolopolo dominated play right from the start and Samu wasted no time in putting his team ahead within the opening five minutes.
Kapumbu and Mulenga were tormenting their markers on the left with wave after wave of attack and the Chipolopolo benefitted from a corner won on the same wing to score through Kambole with a free header in the box 10 minutes after the first goal.
Enerst Mbewe who had a subdued game then broke with pace on the right, ran to the by-line before cutting the ball back to the edge of the box for the late arriving Jack Chirwa. He made no mistake in neatly passing the ball into the back of the net – a move which was applauded by FAZ Technical Director Moses Sichone who watched from the stands.
Augustine Mulenga followed suit in providing an assist on the left when he turned his marker inside out on the edge of the box in typical fashion to put a low teasing ball into the box which was met by Samu with a slight touch near the penalty spot to guide the ball past the goalkeeper at the far post.
Chirwa played in a more attacking role while Mtonga sat back in midfield with Kapumbu having more freedom going forward to whip in crosses while Silwimba was conservative in attack.
It was a tactically disciplined and efficient display by the first team in a lope sided encounter that saw Circuit City fail to register a shot on target.
Allan Chibwe – Donashano Malama, Isaac Shamujompa, Peter Mwangeni, Lawrence Chungu – Jack Chirwa, Mike Katiba, Larry Bwalya, Godfrey Ngwenya – Martin Phiri, Alex Ngonga
The second team provided a more exciting but less tactically disciplined display Alex ‘Bazo’ Ngonga looking lively in attack.
Jack Chirwa dropped into the defensive midfield position while Mike Katiba impressed on the flank but it was a sublime pass from Larry Bwalya through the middle that found Ngonga in the box who made no mistake to register his goal.
Bwalya was later replaced by Mushili Chanda who partnered Martin Phiri in attack while Bazo went wide. The rotation saw Ngwenya leave room for Bazo on the flank to take up a more central role where he thrived.
However, the game had become more open and Circuit were testing Chibwe with shots on target the Power Dynamos goal minder was beaten by a well taken shot from outside the box.
Circuit City right full back, Stallone Chimpinde gave a standout performance on the day playing through all the quarters.
The Chipolopolo leave tomorrow evening for Morocco ahead of their first game against Uganda on 14th January.
Trivial – The first team only had players from Zanaco (4), Green (4) and Zesco United (3) while it was a Power Dynamos affair in the second team with 7/11 having played for the Kitwe side last season.
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