Player Rater: Zambia 2 – 2 Cameroon
Zambia conceded in injury time to draw 2 – 2 with Cameroon. It’s a game the Chipolopolo should have won but the fans can now only look back at what could have been.
Zambianfootball.co.zm looks at how the players rated in the dead rubber match.
Kennedy Mweene 6/10 – Caught flat footed for the first goal in a game he had little to do.
Adrian Chama 5/10 – Not solid in defense, sometimes gave his man a lot of space. Looked jittery at times.
Fackson Kapumbu 6/10 – A good game going forward. Was providing crosses for Zambia on the left flank. His ferocious free kick in the second half could have gone in if it was a yard or two on either side.
Ziyo Tembo 8/10 – Great performance. Very decisive. Covered well for Kapumbu whenever he went on his errands.
Stopilla Sunzu 7/10 – A calm and collected performance from the experienced centre back.
Donashano Malama 9/10 – Shielded the Zambia defense very well. He owned the midfield and let very little go past him. His cracking shot from range shot have given Zambia a third even from a rebound.
Augustine Mulenga 8/10 – Another great shift. He was giving Cameroon something extra to think about whenever he ran at them with the ball and could have come out with an assist if it wasn’t for the brilliance of Fabrice kept out a well taken Daka shot.
Enock Mwepu 9/10 – Between him and Malama, they gave Zambia the balance in the game. He fought hard and was giving Zambia the drive to attack. Heavily involved in the 2nd goal.
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Fashion Sakala 6/10 – His best performance in a senior Chipolopolo jersey. He provided the assist for the first goal but did very little to influence the game due to lack of an end product to his moves.
Brian Mwila 7/10 – His phenomenonal record for the national team continues as he again struck to make it 3 goals in two games in the campaign. His lack of match fitness was apparent but he ran he channels with excellence.
Patson Daka 8/10 – A goal and an assist. Well played by the young striker. He fought hard in the final third, created space for himself and colleagues but had a number of misplaced passes when he won the ball in midfield.
Alex Ng’onga 5/10 – Replaced Mwila. Did little to change the game but will be remembered for failing to convert a rebound which he was first to react to.
Emmanuel Banda – Not rated
Ernest Mbewe – Not rated
Wedson Nyirenda 6/10 – He fired up the boys well for the gane and did his homework ahead of the game as he nullified the effective forward play of the Cameroonians but remained effective in attack. Why he did not look at closing the game in the final minutes is anybody’s guess. With his players tiring and the fighter Mwepu out, it seemed logical that he would play an extra man in midfield but his substitutions were both for more attacking players in Alex Ngonga, Emmanuel Banda, Ernest Mbewe.
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