Player Rater: Zambia 2 – 1 Portugal U20
The Zambia U20 national team walloped Portugal 2 – 1 to make a good start to the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup. It was a game where Portugal did the playing while Zambia did the scoring. And what mattered the most on a difficulty day was the team spirit and the winning mentality in the Zambian team.
The ZamFoot Crew rates how the boys performed on the day as they lead group C after the first round of matches.
Mangani Banda – 8/10
A good performance by the Zambia U20 #1. He brought some assurance to a rather shaky back-line. Apart from a first half moment where he dithered in coming out to pick a looped ball over Solomon Sakala’s head, his performance was solid and he was unlucky to concede from a rebound after he had made an excellent block in a one on one situation.
Shemmy Mayembe – 5/10
One of his less assured performances in the Zambia jersey. He seemed jittery and was always looking to just get rid of the ball without when in possession.
Prosper Chiluya – 8.5/10
One of Zambia’s best on the day. Very good timing when called to defend. Hardly caught out of position. He aided attack very well and pumped in crosses.
Solomon Sakala – 6/10
A tough day at the office for the skipper. But he showed leadership as he was willing to throw everything on the line to stop any shots from coming through. He was always quick to cover for Prosper when he went on his marauding runs upfield.
Moses Nyondo – 7/10
A solid calm performance at the back. Found himself well positioned to block a shot on the line in what would have been an opener for Portugal.
Boyd Musonda – 4/10
A poor performance on the day. he failed to cover his lines and hardly completed a pass the entire game.
Edward Chilufya – 7/10
A very good spirited performance. He ran his socks off to make the numbers in attack but was always the extra man in midfield. He continues to carry the team through with his goals and he finished the rebound with precision.
Fashion Sakala – 7.5/10
He did little to impact the game for most spells but you cant take away anything from his brilliant individual play to score the second goal which sealed the game. He was also involved in the creation of the first goal.
Enock Mwepu – 8/10
He was the calming factor in the midfield. He fought hard to win the balls and he was able to slow down the play by holding on to the ball to give his colleagues some breathing space. What shot to get the rebound off the keeper. Earlier he had released Fashion with a neat long range pass.
Conlyde Luchanga – 6.5/10
He looked better on the day and saw his well taken shot only saved by the goalkeeper in what was Zambia’s first chance at goal. He did not do very well in holding the ball up and allowing others to join him upfront.
Patson Daka 6/10
He looked sharp and was fighting hard helping Zambia defend from the top. His beautiful lay-off set up an inviting ball for Luchanga which could have easily been the opener in the first half. He was substituted before half time after a nasty collision.
Emmanuel Banda 6/10
in for Luchanga before half time. Gave Zambia a different threat going forward with his long range shooting. He worked the keeper with a cracking shot from range. He failed to stump his authority in the midfield but his presence made a difference in helping the midfield stabilize.
Siame Musonda 5.5/10
In for Conlyde Luchanga. He was brought in to give the team some wide play and ability to hold on to the ball. He did not impact the game enough to trouble the Portuguese.
Coach Beston Chambeshi
A big win for Quick Silver which leaves his team on the verge of qualifying to the kockout stage with one more win. It was always going to be a difficult match against the European semi finalists but he picked a win.
He kept reshaping the team throughout the game first with the forced substitution of Patson. Emmanuel Banda sloting in midfield was a good choice. He later pushed Chilufya in central attack with Siame going wide, this suited Siame seeing that at Lumwana he does well in holding the ball and running at defenders on the flanks.
Chambeshi however needs to rethink his holding midfield position as that was the weakest link for the team.
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