U23 AFCON: Zambia end horrendous outing with loss to Senegal
The Zambia U23 national ended their horrendous outing to the CAF U23 championship with a third successive defeat when they went down 1 – 0 against hosts Senegal.
Fighton Simukonda made four changes to the team that lost 3 – 2 to South Africa with Kenny Mumba coming in for captain Toaser Nsabata in goal while Solomon Sakala, Salulani Phiri and Patrick Ngoma started ahead of Boyd Mkandawire, Benson Sakala and Spencer Sautu respectively.
The changes however yielded to nothing as the young Chipolopolo were down as early as the 4th minute through a Mahamadou Diallo header.
The Zambian team will be back on the next flight home having conceded 6 goals and scoring three goals to end the group stage rock bottom without a point while Senegal qualify with a 100 % record (9 points).
Elsewhere in group A, South Africa peeped Tunisia to a place in the semi finals after they won the deciding match between the two by a goal to end the group stage on 6 points while Tunisia have three.
Zambia will now have to wait for another four years before they can have a chance to challenge for a place at the Olympics again.
Zambia Starting XI v Senegal
1. Kenny Mumba 3.Benedict Chepeshi 5.Solomon Sakala 18.Billy Mutale 13.Kapota Kayawe (Benson Sakala) 7.Salulani Phiri (C) 15. Paul Katema 11.Lubambo Musonda 2.Patrick Ngoma (Friday Samu) 9.Ronald Kampamba (Spencer Sautu) 17.Conlyde Luchanga
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