U17 beat hosts Niger to get back on track
The Zambia U17 national team revived their chances of advancing to the semi-finals after they battled to a 2 – 1 win against a physical Niger side.
Captain of the side and hit-man Patson Daka set his team on course when he scored in the 6th minute before defender Wayne Museba gave Zambia a two goal cushion after he headed home from a corner in the 15th minute.
The Chris Kaunda coached side showed the hunger to win as they attacked relentlessly but did not manage to extend the lead for the score to remain the same going into the break.
With the Nigerien fans booing their team as they headed for the dressing room, the Nigerien returned from the break playing a very physical game with both Patson Daka and defender and goal scorer Museba both getting knocks.
Museba could however not manage to continue and he was replaced by Alfred Chirwa.
With the Zambian defence looking unsettled after the change, Niger pounced and pulled one back in the 66th minute to set up a grand final quarter to the game.
The goal seemed to inspire the West African and they started to threaten more on the counter attack but Zambia held on to win 2 – 1 on the day.
Zambia will need to win the final group stage game against Nigeria who drew 1 – 1 with Guinea to stand a chance of qualifying while the hosts have been eliminated.
Niger v Zambia XI: 1. Daniel Sikanyika (GK) 5. Wayne Museba (Alfred Chirwa) 3. Prosper Chilufya 4. Salati Lungu 13. Edward Chimfwembe 14. Ngosa Sunzu 11. Enock Mwepu 10. Musonda Siame 9. Patson Daka (C) 18. Kenny Sinkala (Pumulo Siwanga) 2. Gift Sikaonga.
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