Olympic dream hits snag as Zambia goes down to Tunisia
The U23 national soccer team made the worst possible start in search of spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics after going down 2 – 1 to Tunisia in Dakar.
The Arabs did not allow Zambia to settle as they struck as early as the fourth minute from a corner which caught the Zambian defense off balance.
The Zambian team did not look shaken by the setback and went forward to get back in the game.
Ronald Kampamba pulled one back for the young Chipolopolo with a brilliant audacious strike from 35 yards after he spotted the Tunisian goalie off the line.
Zambia ended the first half stronger but looked out of sorts in the second half failing to to trouble the Tunisians in the final third despite keeping a lot of possession.
Substitute Friday Samu could have wrapped it up for Zambia in the dying minutes but he planted his free header at the back post off the mark.
Tunisia responded almost immediately with a counter attack which pulled the defenders off their spots and the Tunisian striker made no mistake with a header to hand the Arabs the win.
In all its a game which was there for the taking for the young Chipolopolo.
Zambia now have to avoid a loss in the next game on Tuesday against South Africa to a miss the next flight home.
Hosts Senegal beat South Africa 3 – 1 in the early kickoff to shoot to the summit of group A.
Zambia XI v Tunisia
Toaster Nsabata – Benedict Chepeshi, Boyd Mkandawire, Kapota Kayawe, Benson Sakala, Jack Chirwa, Paul Katema, Spencer Sautu – Patrick Ngoma (John Chingandu), Conlyde Luchanga (Aubrey Chirwa), Ronald Kampamba (Friday Samu)
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