Player Rater: Zambia 0 – 0 Ethiopia
The Zambia national team was held to a goalless draw by Ethiopia. It is a game which the Chipolopolo should have won but the poor finishing cost the Chipolopolo victory. Zambia were so dominant that Toaster Nsabata in the Zambia hardly had anything to do.
Was it a poor Ethiopian side in action or it was good display by Zambia?
The ZamFoot Crew takes a look at how the players rated.
Toaster Nsabata 6/10 – Difficulty to rate the goalkeeper when the opposing team had no shot on goal. However his distribution was on point and he was giving Zambia the option of counter attacking from his distribution.
Simon Silwimba 5/10 – He hardly put a foot wrong when defending. Was solid in defence but looked rushed when in possession. He was conservative going forward.
Fackson Kampumbu 8/10 – One of his best games in the Chipolopolo shirt. He was resolute in defense and very dangerous when he attacked. Combined very well with Augustine Mulenga on the left flank.
Isaac Shamujopa 7/10 – Showed the true benefit of having a tall centre back as he won almost all the balls in the air. He was steady and seems to be growing in the position with each game.
Ziyo Tembo 8/10 – He led from the back. He was quick to smother out any possible danger and at times pushed in-field just to ensure the Ethiopian captain Gibeto Kabede had no chance on the ball. He was very calm always looking to start play from the back.
Kondwani Mtonga 7.5/10 – What a work-horse in midfield. He covered his ground very well and was quick to close down the spaces. He was afforded enough space by Ethiopians to dictate the game from midfield.
John Chingandu 6.5/10 – He worked very hard for the team running his socks off. Not the most creative in the attacking midfield role but he does not waste time on the ball. His belter in the 70th minute should only have been inches off the goalkeeper and he could have given Zambia the win.
Ernest Mbewe 7/10 – His pace will trouble any defense and the Ethiopian #3 hard a lot of work to do. He had a good chance in the first half but he sent his shot into the side netting.
Augustine Mulenga 7.5/10 – Very good performance from the Zanaco wide man. He combines both pace and trickery. When asked to track back, he did it with aplomb. He was only denied by a brilliant save by the Ethiopian keeper and he could have come out with an assist.
Martin Phiri 5/10 – He had a presence in front and fought for every loose. He unfortunately did not do enough to unlock the defense or trouble the goalkeeper for a possible goal.
Justin Shonga 6.5 – He should have scored in the first half but put his effort off target. He looked the most likely to score. His set-pieces were dangerous and a 36 yard drive in the first half was too strong for the goalkeeper to handle but the reaction on the rebound was poor.
Dave Daka 4/10 – He was introduced 10 minutes after the restart for Martin Phiri but failed to bring any impact on the game. He did not turn up despite being played.
Mike Katiba 5/10 – He came in for Ernest Mbewe in the 68th minute. He made a couple of runs wide on the right but to very little effect.
Donashano Malama 6/10 – Was introduced in the 58th minute for Simon Silwimba. Locked the right back position very well. He sent a screamer just wide of the far post from top right side of the box that had the crowd standing in the 62nd minute.
Wedson Nyirenda 6/10
He got his selection right from the start. His team looked well oiled and were always comfortable in play. The visitors were very skilful and comfortable on the ball but Zambia were frantic in closing them out. His team attacked in waves and waves against a team that at times defended with five and it was always seemed like a goal was coming. Being a friendly match, it would have been good to see the PLAN B for Zambia at a certain point. However, even the substitutes simply fitted into the same positions and he didn’t try to change it even when he had three substitutes to spare.
His team has only lost once in 7 games since losing to Mozambique but the expectation is that he should have the winning the formula.
In the Photo: Augustine Mulenga who was in scintillating form takes on Mester Bolado of Ethiopia
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