Mwepu double helps Junior Chipolopolo gun down Rwanda
Francisco Mwepu scored in each half to help Zambia Under-20 to a 2-0 win over Rwanda in the first leg of the Niger 2019 U20 African Cup of Nations in Kigali on Saturday afternoon.
The African Champions started in a traditional 4-4-2 with Francisco, a young brother to Zambian international Enock being partnered upfront with Nchanga Rangers ace Martin Njobvu.
Zesco United’s Lameck Banda and Muma Mumba from Mamba starting in the flanks while the midfield was anchored by Kafue Celtic’s Thomas Zulu and Prince Mumba from Kabwe Warriors.
While the squad was beefed by two English lower tier based duo Mwiya Malumo and Lifumpa Mwandwe, coach Charles Bwale opted to go with his tried and trusted strike force.
Mwepu, an off-season capture by Kafue Celtic from his boyhood club Chambishi continued his rich vein of form as he put the Junior Chipolopolo 1 nil up and a vital away goal.
After the break, Zambia continued to push for a second goal.
Boasted by outgoing Chipolopolo Boys coach Wedson Nyirenda on the bench, the young guns continued to manage the game.
After the hour mark, a Rwandese player was was sent off and it was advantage for the visitors.
The young Mwepu was at it again in the 80th minute as he made it 2-0 to seal the victory.
With 25 goals for Wigan reserve side, Malumo was introduced in injury time for Lameck Banda to earn his Zambia Under-20 cap.
Zambia will host Rwanda in the second leg.
(1) Prince Bwalya (6) Justin Mwanza (12). Benson Kolala (5). Kingsley Hakwiya (13). Christopher Katongo (15). Thomas Zulu (10). Lameck Banda
(3). Prince Mumba (Cpt) (19). Francisco Mwepu (17). Muma Mumba (9). Martin Njobvu
(16). Flobby Mashakalati (4). Jonathan Kapelembe (8). Chanda Mukuka
(7). Albert Kangwanda (11). Obino Chisala (14). James Chilimina (18). Mwiya Malumo
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