U23 AFCON: Zambia down and out of Olympic race
The Zambia U23 national team was today booted out of the race for a place at the Rio Olympics after they gave away a 1 – 0 half time lead to lose 3 – 2 to South Africa in the second game of group A.
South Africa started well and were pressing from the start but Zambia looked calm and thwarted all the South Africans runs with ease.
Despite being on the backfoot, Zambia had an effort from Benedict Chepeshi before the hour mark parried over by the South African goalie.
It was Conlyde Luchanga who made the difference in the 35th minute when he volleyed home a cross from Spencer Sautu from inside the box to give Zambia the lead which they held on to until the break.
However, the young Chipolopolo undid their hard work in the opening eight minutes of the second half when they conceded three quick goals starting in the 47th minute when they failed to clear a corner for South Africa to score in a congested area.
They then conceded again from another set piece in the 51st minute when the defenders were caught sleeping for South Africa to head home. The final blow was a defense splitting pass which saw the South African striker hit the third expertly from inside the box.
Defender Paul Katema scored a consolation in the 72nd minute but South Africa held on to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.
Zambia have a formality match against Senegal on Friday.
Zambia XI v RSA: 16. Toaster Nsabata (c)- 3. Benedict Chepeshi, 13. Kapota Kayawe (Salulani Phiri), 18. Billy Mutale4. Boyd Mkandawire – 10. Spencer Sautu (Aubrey Chirwa), 12. Benson Sakala, 15. Paul Katema, 11. Lubambo Musonda – 9. Ronald Kampamba (Friday Samu) -17. Conlyde Luchanga
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