Shonga strikes against Gabon to hand Vandebroeck first win
The Zambia national team on Tuesday evening picked their first win under coach Sven Vandenbroeck when they beat Gabon 1 – 0 in Libreville, thanks to a Justin Shonga goal.
The Chipolopolo on Saturday rescued a point with an added time equaliser from substitute Shonga and the Orlando Pirates striker made it two goals in two games when he scored the lone goal in the 16th minute.
Vandebroeck made nine changes to the team that started against Namibia with only Lawrence Chungu and Salulani Phiri retained in the starting XI. Despite the changes, Zambia looked well coordinated and dominated the game in all departments.
Enock Mwepu was carrying the ball well from midfield into attack supported by Clatous Chama. But its Shonga who could have had a hat-trick in the first half. He first missed a point blank chance after receiving a low cross from Bruce Musakanya which he shot over the bar with only the keeper to beat before he managed to convert only to be ruled offside.
After the break, Gabon looked to attack Zambia and they could have scored in the 63rd minute only for Lawrence Mulenga to make a superb save from close range when he had only been on the pitch for less than a minute.
As the game wore on into the final quarter, Vandebroeck made further changes and Zambia dominated playing some good passing football though they threatened less.
The 38 year old Belgian made full use of his substitutes making all six possible substitutes.
Toaster Nsabata (Lawrence Mulenga 63’), Gideon Sichone, Lawrence Chungu (Solomon Sakala), Luka Banda, Isaac Shamujopa, Salulani Phiri, Lubambo Musonda (Spencer Sautu), Enock mwepu (Jack Chirwa 46’),Bruce Musakanya (Ghampani Lungu 66’), Justin Shonga (Lazarous Kambole 66’), Clatous Chama
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