Throwback Thursday – CAN 2000 Zambia v Senegal
CAN 2000, Nigeria Finals Group C
23.01.00 Zambia 0 – 2 Egypt (Sani Abacha Stadium)
29.01.00 Zambia 1 – 1 Burkinafaso (Sani Abacha Stadium)
01.02.00 Zambia 2 – 2 Senegal (Lagos)
Coached by the late Ben Bamfuchile, Zambia swept to the finals without losing a game only drawing once at home against Congo DR.
With that background and looking at the team assembled which included Mwape Miti, Andrew Tembo, Moses Sichone, Elijah Tana, Andrew Sinkala led by ‘Great Kalu’ Kalusha Bwalya, the team massively disappointed when they failed to win a game in the group stage.
The famous response by Bamfuchile of “I did not want to disturb the rythmn of the game,” will resonate with many fans. This was after he was asked why he did not make changes when Zambia was being overrun by the Egyptians.
In the picture, this is the team which featured in the final group stage match which saw Zambia twice come from behind to hold Senegal 2 – 2 with Laughter Chilembi and Kalusha Bwalya on target.
Billy Named the team –
Standing left to right: Elijah Tana, Manasseh ‘Bone Breaker’ Mwanza, Andrew Sinkala, Jones Mwewa, Dennis Lota, Kalusha Bwalya.
Squatting left to right: Andrew Tembo, Moses Sichone, Emmanuel Msichili, Laughter Chilembi, Bernard Makufi.
Ace added –
This was not CAN 2002 (which Kalu did not feature at) but CAN 2000. After losing the first game 2-0 to Egypt, we drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso after taking an early lead through Lota but allowed them to equalize at the death.
In a must-win match against Senegal, we were actually trailing 2-1 until Great Kalu scored a late penalty which he at first missed but forced the rebound over the line. It was the first time I saw him miss one for Zambia. The 2-2 draw was not enough to see us through and Ben Bamfuchile paid the price for among other things, not standing up and not making changes during the Egypt defeat.
Afterwards, FAZ attempted to claim a cash amount which was due to them for wearing the L-Sporto strip at the CAN but their agent Felix Sapao insisted that they should provide evidence that Zambia wore the company’s strip (despite the TV feed clearly showing the L-Sporto kit). Eventually FAZ did away with the L-Sporto deal.
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