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Zambia 2 – 1 Guinea Bissau (Player Ratings)

The Zambia national soccer team got their Africa Cup of Nations qualifications aspirations back on track when they beat erstwhile group K leaders Guinea Bissau 2 -1. The ZamFoot Crew looks at how the Chipolopolo boys faired.

Kennedy Mwene 5.5 / 10 – Made  brilliant ball distributions and excellently commanded his back line. Enjoyed a cool game till the 80th minute when he gave away an easy goal that resulted in the visitors goal of the day.

Lawrence Chungu 7/10 – What a Stella perfomance from the Biuldcon left back. Started ahead of the more decorated Fackson Kapumbu but his confidence and well timed runs proved why Coach Sven preferred to start with him. He was up against a tricky fast paced winger and the visitors were trying to exploit his side but he was up to the task.

Kabaso Chongo 7.5/10 – The TP Mazembe centre back has continued to impress with his new found position. Perfectly Partnered with Stopilla Sunzu and made timely interceptions penetrated the midfield with a few runs and always seemed deadly going forward.

Solomon Sakala 6.5/10 – Was tipped to start and delivered as expected. He was carefully monitored by Stopilla Sunzu and defended most of the times and made necessary passes building up from the wing.

Stopila Sunzu 7.0

Scorer of the first goal. Proved that somethings definitely get better with age. Displayed great leadership at the back. His experience had him play a wider position than the usual centre back but it was that partnership with Kabaso that proved to be indestructible .

Enock Mwepu 6.5/10 – Arguably the fans favourite. He was heavily involved in the first half build ups and made brilliant passes. Tactically was expected to ignite play in the middle of the pack and did just that. He lost a few balls and seemed to be slower than his usual self.

Cletus Chama Chota 8.5/10 – The writers man of the match. Made it in the starting eleven and was involved in most build ups. Made his intentions know as early as the 10th minute but it was his clinical runs and passes that led to the second goal. His partnership with Mwepu is definitely one to look out for.

Nathan Sinkala 7.5/10 – The TP Mazembe anchor man put up a world class perfomace. His presence in the game brought in a different dimension and always seemed to have great options with when and where to pass the ball.

Augustine Mulenga 6.5/10 – Has seen better days. Always seemed to be getting into the game but the speedy winger just didn’t seem to be getting his running shoes heating up. He made only a few of his trademark runs but one wonders if it was as per instruction from the technical bench.

Lubambo Musonda 6.0/10 – Started ahead of Fashion Sakala as anticipated but had a tough time against the formidable Guinea Bissau right full back. He made brilliant ball controls and timely released the balls. Was unfortunate to have failed to score an easy ball but his long shot certainty didn’t go passed NASA space stations.

Justin Shonga 8/10 – Was preferred ahead of Patson Daka  and he made it three goals in three games for Sven. The defense was failing to cope with his pace and movement and he clinically dribbled past the goal keeper to give Zambia’s second and final score.

Substitutes

Patson Daka 5.0/10 – Always hungry to play and win. Seemed dangerous on the ball and was slowly becoming a thorn in the Guinea defence.

Salulani Phiri 4.5/10 – Came in to stabilise the midfield and reinforce the defence that seemed like blowing the narrow lead .

Isaac Shamujopa – Came in late in the game as a tactical change and didn’t even have a feel of the ball.

Coach Sven Vandenbroeck 7.0/10

Made an offensive starting eleven and made known who the boss is by benching the players many would have loved to start but today’s results have vindicated his tactics. His replacement for Mwepu was made a bit late as the Computer showed lapses toward the end of the first half. The bringing on of Salulani should have changed the dynamics of his tactics allowing Cletus to play more offensive than wider.

Unlike what many thought as an experimental starting eleven for a crucial game ,the Belgium born proved just how relevant every piece is in his  bag of tricks.Kudos!!!






4 Comments to Zambia 2 – 1 Guinea Bissau (Player Ratings)

  1. GSK11 says:

    A definite improvement from Namibia game. kennedy mweene was not punished by the ref in the Namibia game when his overly casual footwork resulted in a corner that the ref did not give. This time …it was disaster…
    J Shonga after a bad game for his club scored a classy goal- these one- on- one situations can go either way.
    Credit o coach allowed the boys to play their game and were too much too handle for the GB team who at one stage packed everyone into defence and stopped playing.

    kennedy mweene was not punished by the ref in the Namibia game when his overly casual footwork resulted in a corner that the ref did not give. This time …it was disaster…

  2. Soccerguru says:

    Whoever did these ratings is a monkey.

    How was triple C man of the match…which game where i watching??

  3. Sibs says:

    Thanks for the Player Rater Zamfoot. I would give S.Sunzu or N.Sinkala the Man of the Match. Sunsu was up against that tall and big Guinea striker. That guy punished Mozambique last month and last time we played Guinea he punished us. Sunzu took him out of the game completely. He was frustrated, at one time he had to kick the Ad boards. He looked like “ikula” but he us deadly. Sunzu 8
    Cletus was brilliant but he was wasteful on a few occasions instead of passing he chose to shoot. The last 25 minutes he was tired and i thought the Coach would withdraw him. Cletus 7.5
    Nathan never really put a wrong foot in the middle of the pack and his link up with the defence and midfield was brilliant. His work rate and clean ups are never recognised. This guy to me is something else. Mr consistent!! Game after game he puts in a SHIFT…. Nathan 8.5

  4. Raphael Mukulukusha says:

    CHIPOLOPOLO MATCH REPORT/PLAYER RATER.

    By: Raphael Mukulukusha./0962155131.

    KENNEDY MWEENE.
    The captain of the side booked himself a ticket in the stands as he watched his kingpin defense carryout the whole processions. The AFCON winning goalie was called for duty and only to make a notable shambolic blunder of the century by gifting Mendy an easy tap in and 2:1 scoreline it was. That drastically dropped his points.
    3/10.

    SOLOMON SAKALA.
    The young man accounted himself well as he put up a good fight to prove his doubters wrong . His marking and timing was something worthy uploading👏
    7/10.

    LAWRENCE CHUNGU.
    The ‘no nonsense” left back made good overlaps and he made good killer crosses into the box.He pocketed Guinea’s danger man as he enjoyed work in office.
    8/10.

    KABASO CHONGO.
    The TP Mazembe strong man marshalled very well and the defense looked calm in his presence.
    He won aerial duels which kept Chipolopolo completely out of danger.
    7/10.

    STOPILA SUNZU.
    It took this man’s experience to put Zambia in an early lead which later stabilized the home side. His vital header was all that everybody needed to regain the AFCON trust and respect that everyone had for him.
    9/10.

    NATHAN SINKALA.
    What an anchorman and experienced player he is,when everyone thought he was a tired leg ,fantastic display.

    He kept the opponents on their toes as he created more spaces for midfield geniuses to operate by winning almost all the tassels.
    8/10.

    LUBAMBO MUSONDA.
    The Armenian wing wizard started slowly as his mates kept him out of action in the early minutes. Immediately he started getting involved the story changed and his swaying antics and pace was a nightmare to the opponents.

    In second half he looked abit too jittery and was favourite for first substitution.A few minutes later, BOOM! ,he fired a thunderbolt shot which almost went in but thanks to the heavens, the ball went high.
    later in the dieing minutes he calmly picked up Chungu’s cross but only to settle for woodwork.
    7/10.

    CLATOUS CHAMA CHOTA.
    “Tripple C” is arguably one of the best midfielders with killer instinct, Only a few of us predicted he was to start in that game.
    Him and Mwepu’s combo gave the Zambian fans a wonderful night to remember even forgetting that the nation was wallowing in abduct poverty. SIGHS!.

    He menaced the midfiled before unleashing that killer assist for Inspector Shonga to easily convert.
    9/10.

    ENOCK MWEPU.
    This Corei7 and 1TB computer is a complete machine which is difficult to describe,simply PHENOMENAL. His football IQ was too much to easily orchestrate the midfield and really enjoyed Triple C’s company. Football looks so simple when he steps on that gear.
    Coach’s decision to withdraw him was a more tactical change to rest him for the next assignment, because SCAN was already completed,,,lolest!.
    8/10.

    JUSTIN SHONGA.
    Inspector Shonga is on fire as he grabbed his third goal out of three under Sven’s reign.
    The Orlando Pirates talisman is one to bank on for the future. His conversion rate is so mesmerising. Later, he paved way for Shamujompa Isaac to solidify the lead.
    My man of the match.
    9/10.

    AUGUSTINE MULENGA.
    The Orlando pirates forward played his lungs out as he made both offensive and defensive runs to unstabilise the opponents. Always good at fighting for balls and making deep cuts and crosses into the opponent’s box only for his mates to shake the immaculate Nimbus clouds as they fired over the bar.
    Patson Daka tried his lucky on his position too.
    7/10.

    #SUBSTITUTES.
    The boys accounted themselves well to ensure the lead was protected despite gifting Guinea that unnecessary goal.
    4/10.

    TECHNICAL BENCH.
    The coach Sven Vandenbroek and his mates produced a lineup with vigorously burning cylinders right from the start as they produced some high-Octane football verve.

    The opponents disappeared as though Kitwe’s black mountain was shifted from Copperbelt to Lusaka(God forbid) to claim their lives.
    Passes were amazing and wing play so fantastic.
    The subs almost haunted us but thank God we won and everyone is celebrating despite spending more monies on fuel😌
    98% display 🙌🤝.

    #FANS
    100% turnout, big up to you all that traveled despite all the economic challenges that the nation was undergoing.🙌.
    Come learn some real chimwemwe dance at Levy Mwanawasa in Kopala!!!.

    Meanwhile,Let justice prevail.

    #ThanksChipolopolo
    #Justice4Vespers
    #AbashInjustice
    #SvenTheRealDealFaz4Life.

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