Zambia through to CHAN 2020 Finals despite poor show against Eswatini
Zambia 2-2 Eswaitini (Agg: 3-2)
Zambia threw away a 2 goal lead to earning a draw against minnows Eswatini in the 2nd leg of the Cameroon 2020 CHAN qualifier played at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium on Saturday.
Nkwazi striker Emmanuel Chabula scored a goal in each half to give the Aggrey Chiyangi coached side a 2 goal caution and a 3 nil aggregate score but Kosta Papic’s side pulled two goals back from Dlamini Phinda and Sifiso Msaze to set up a nail-biting finale at Heroes Stadium.
Chiyangi, who is being assisted by Numba Mumanga started with the traditional 4-4-2 formation with a back four comprising of Zesco United defenders.
Skipper Adrian Chama was partnered with Clement Mwape in central defense with Simon Silwimba and Mwila Phiri as left-backs respectively.
In goal Toaster, Nsabata got the nod ahead of Sebastian Mwange while Paul Katema and Benson Sakala were preferred in the engine room with Amity Shamenda and Kelvin Mubanga wide.
Chabula was partnered with Tapson Kaseba upfront.
Chabula gave Zambia the lead in the 4th minute and added his second of the day with a classy finish in the second half.
In between Chabula’s brace, Kaseba failed to tap from close range.
The visitors pulled two goals back but things could have been worse after they hit the upfront and had a goal disallowed.
Zambia returns to the CHAN Championship for the fourth time.
AFCON winning coach Herve Renard guided the Given Singuluma led the side to bronze in 2009 while George Lwandamina’s reached the quarter-finals in Rwanda.
Wedson Nyirenda also saw his side which included Augustine Mulenga and Ernest Mbewe fail to progress to the semi-finals two years ago.
Zambia XI – Toaster Nsabata -6. Simon Silwimba, 15. Clement Mwape, 4. Adrian Chama, 20. Mwila Phiri, 5. Benson Sakala, 7. Kelvin Kampamba, 8. Paul Katema, 12. Amity Shamende, 9. Tapson Kaseba, 17. Emmanuel Chabula
1. Sebastian Mwange, 2. Gift Zulu, 3. Lawrence Chungu, 19. Isaac Shamujompa, 11. Rally Bwalya, 13. Charles Zulu, 10. Bruce Musakanya, 18, Youremember Banda
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