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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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16 Comments to Mwepu double helps Junior Chipolopolo gun down Rwanda

  1. Prolific Winger says:

    This lad mwepu seems prolific…..

  2. Tony mash says:

    Why injury time ? Those two lads should should havebeen given enough time. I hope at home they will play. Wada wada should leave that bench he is a nonsense. Idiot.. He doesnt want to work with professionals..

    • Angolan Agent says:

      Yes, you are right. Is it because they sound Lozi? Go to school Wada! I hope you graduate as a referee so that we look for another coach.

  3. Brian Silungwe says:

    I Don’t Know Y They Ar Even Allowing Him (wada) To Sit On The Technical Bench. Wada Must Go For Good.

  4. Prince says:

    Wada is smiling to the bank every month cashing in 10000 US…congrats Zed congrats!

  5. Positive thinking says:

    Well done junior Chipolopolo!!! Let’s defend that title in Niger and then aim for the semifinals at the junior World Cup. Also look to get to Qatar 2022 with Patson Daka led class of 2017 and the new class of 2019.

  6. BigSteve 4rm SA says:

    Well done to the lads….amazing start. As for Wada I tend to reason with FAZ thinking, they need to keep treating him like an egg until he is finally out. He is arrogant and if they don’t keep treating him like an egg they may find themselves having to payout his contract.

  7. BigSteve 4rm SA says:

    Sad news for our boy Rodrick Kabwe….Ajax find themselves in the playoffs fighting to stay in the premiership after suffering a loss to Chiefs yesterday. Hard to imagine a team like Ajax playing division 1 soccer

  8. BigSteve 4rm SA says:

    The duo from England should have been given more of run….why did thy get to camp so late as well?

    • Gidza says:

      I think being the first time on call up it wasn’t bad. Now that they will be with the rest, they will be acclimatised on Africa environment. Wada must give them the chance to prove themselves.

      Otherwise i don’t see them failing to adjust themselves to African display. Am confident that the combination of the Wigan Athletic guy & our own Mwepu will produce a potent strike force that will hunt for goals anywhere in the world.

  9. Gidza says:

    We need 3 clear goals on the return leg. A word of advice is “Complacency” to the guys. Let them not relax because they are 2 goals ahead. Remember the Roma/Barcelona match last month. Barcelona got booted after it led 4-1 in the 1st leg.

  10. Gidza says:

    One hurdle left for Zambia to qualify to the tournament. It will face either Burundi or Sudan. The match played in Bujumbura ended 1 all.

    So Zambia still has a long journey to reach Niger.

    That’s the situation.

    All the best to the under 20.

  11. Naked goal says:

    we should try to agree with coaches sometimes, we all want the two players from England to play but that is not good enough. the coach had reasons for not starting with the two players. if the coach opted the two to start the game and lost, non of you would have defended the coach for making that decision. playing in England is not and doesn’t guarantee you a place in the first 11, I want the two players to play but of course the coach knows why he made that decision. they reported late for camp and maybe they have not blended into system yet, only the coaches know the reason.

  12. Kasama Boy says:

    In as much as we all want those 2 lads playing for Zambia. I feel the coach wants their experience even more.
    So lets give the coach time, I am very sure he has his own reasons for keeping them where they were.

  13. Kasama Boy says:

    This is what the coach had to say on cafonline.com:

    “They (Mwiya and Lifumpa) are fitting in well although they have a little challenge of adapting to the weather conditions,” Bwale said.

  14. ZYLOT Eric ZULU says:

    congrats to the junior chipolopolo boys for the great victory over their Rwandese counterpart.To the technical bench thumbs up for the win, we hope you are going to form a formidable side to conquer Africa and the world once more.

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