Player Rater: Mozambique 1 – 0 Zambia
The Chipolopolo put up a shambolic performance in the penultimate match of the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to lose 1 – 0 against Mozambique. The result effectively ended the 2012 African champion’s interest in the tournament.
The ZamFoot Crew now looks at how the players performed on the day.
Kennedy Mweene 7/10 – He was on top of his game and despite not being troubled much, he did well when he was called to action. He could not have done much for the goal as the shot was deflected of a defender at close range.
Simon Silwimba 5/10 – He did not stay close enough to the striker who for the goal and was beaten a couple of times by the fast running winger.
Lawrence Chungu 5/10 – Looked jittery at times but he pulled off a game winning block when Mpelembe beat Sunzu to shoot at goal in the 11th minute for the ball to deflect over the bar.
Stopilla Sunzu 6/10 – Quiet game and he should have done better when he went down but was beaten for the cross that started build up to the goal. He watched helplessly as the striker shot home but could at least have slid in to block the shot.
Kabaso Chongo 8/10 – Gallant display by the for Konkola Mine Police central defender. He put in everything in defense and was fighting nail and tooth. Even for the goal, he was on hand to try to block the ball which may have deflected of his leg.
Nathan Sinkala 6/10 – He was lost in the first half but showed his tenacity in the second half breaking up play and starting attack with good distribution from the deep positions
Emmanuel Banda 4/10 – His first ever start for Chipolopolo and he was brought in to engineer the attacks from the midfield but he failed get the attacks going.
Enock Mwepu 5/10 – He was in and out of the game and looked lost playing in the hole. He looked more comfortable when he drifted deep to fetch the ball.
Augustine Mulenga 3/10 – Hardly anything positive came from his performance today apart from his determined efforts to track back the runners. His worst performance in the Chipolopolo jersey – no cross, no dribble or take on, no shot on goal, no near assist
Lubambo Musonda 5/10 – Worked very hard for the team but his final ball was poor. He could have given Zambia the equalizer but even when he had a free shot in the box, he managed to balloon the shot failing to work the goalkeeper.
Justin Shonga 6/10 – Good effort, an honest performance. Kept the defenders busy. He will rue the chance that he missed when he shot wide after the ball fell kindly to him on one of Zambia’s rare attacks.
Rainford Kalaba 5/10 – He replaced Augustine Mulenga in the 70th minute. He gave Zambia an extra spring in the foot going forward when he came on but even he failed to provide the decisive killer pass.
Clatous Chama 7/10 – He replaced Emmanuel Banda in the 70th minute. Zambia looked a different team once he came on as he was making runs wide and when he cut inside, it always looked like something will happen.
Patson Daka – Came on for Lubambo Musonda but failed to make any impact on the game. Came on too late to be rated.
Coach Sven Vandenbroeck 4/10
His team was disjoint and he failed to build on the flashes of hope that were seen in the last three games. When it looked like his team was beginning to gel, he tinkered with the team leaving out Chama for Banda and the move backfired. He had enough time to react but left his substitutions too late even when it was clear that some players had not turned up for the game despite starting. The loss squarely lies at his feet.
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