Zambia 3-1 Algeria: Player ratings
The Zambia national team revived hopes for a maiden World Cup appearance when they beat Algeria 3-1 despite playing more than a quarter of match with a man down.
The ZamFoot Crew looks at how the Chipolopolo Boys faired on the day.
Kennedy Mweene 5.5
The skipper led the troops in the must win match. He made timely off the line commitments and was aided his team to clear the crosses. He was beaten by a well taken Brahimi shot which left him no chance. Certainly showed why he is still the man for job.
Stopila Sunzu 5.0
The usually reliable defense kingpin looked jittery at times. His partnership with Ziyo seemed unstable but it was his experience at the back that gave the Algerian strikers little of the ball.
Ziyo Tembo 6.0
The 2016 Zambian player of the year was very calm. He we was in command and he timely clearances.
Simon Silwamba 6.5
He knew what he was up against. He made very few commitments going forward and that gave him chance to drop whenever Algeria was on the attack. Algeria saw very little day light on his end.
Fackson Kapumbu 6.0
Was out to prove his critics wrong in a qualifiers following a not impressive performance in the AFCON qualifiers against Mozambique. He dealt with his man very well in the first half but caught a couple of times once they introduce a wing-back who had pace.
Kondwani Mtonga 6.5
Good day for the ever reliable Zesco United international. His defensive mindedness gave the defenders an extra edge and whenever called to give the push, he rose up to the task going forward. Was asked to totally drop following Fashion’s red card.
Chisamba Lungu 6.5
Fresh from securing a move to Turkey the former Russian bases showed why he is worth the money. Made short but accurate passes an always seemed dangerous when on the ball.Made eye baffling magical passes much to the excitement of the fans.
Fashion Sakala 4.0
A not so Fashionable start into the senior team for the crowd favorite. He was involved in the goal as his shot was saved by the goalkeeper but was mostly outshone by his counter-part on the other flank. He talked himself into the referee’s book before making a reckless second foul that earned him a second yellow. His carelessness could have easily cost the team the game.
Augustine Mulenga 7.5
The Zanaco speedy Winger was a thorn in the Algerian flesh. He managed to beat his man both on speed and intelligence. He created chances for both himself and his team mates. He picked out Brian Mwila with a good cross in the 7th minute which the lethal striker buried for the opener before leading the counter attack that led to the second goal. He should have walked away with at least a goal but for his inaccuracy in front of goal. Clearly one of Zambia’s best performers on the day.
Brian Mwila 8.0
Scored a brace and could have scored more as he saw his thumping header come off the upright. He has very good control of the ball and never seems rushed. He terrorized the Algerians and his vision for goal is one worth depending on going forward.
Patson Daka 7.0
His partnership with Brian Mwila was not one with enough complete passes but it was their runs and on and off the ball partnership that split the Algerian defence. Hardly saw sight of goal but was an ever present figure in attack causing havoc to the Algerian defense.
Enock Mwepu 8.0
What a debut for the teenager!! He was the game changer. If you will come in as a sub for Chisamba Lungu then score especially when it’s your senior national team debut and that’s what he did. He held onto the ball reasonably long enough and always knew where to pass it. He made the game safe for Zambia with a beautiful goal. Could this be Rainford’s replacement?
Rodrick Kabwe 4.5
He came in to add rigidity to the left back position which the Algerians were trying to exploit and he did very well going up and down the flank. His ball retention was however not up-to-scratch.
Wedson Nyirenda 8.5
Came in the game despised for his prolonged drawing board theoretical tactics but today, he did the application well. He didn’t rush to make a defensive change even after his team seemed to be under pressure. His subs looked well thought though he could have taken the pressure off an under-performing Fashion at the start of the half. But take a bow , a win speaks louder than intelligence and a victory against Algeria with a team having so many new faces is no mean feat.
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