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Zambia draw with South Africa in U23 AFCON opener

The Zambia U23 national team played out to a 0 – 0 draw against Southern African rivals South Africa in their opening group B match at the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations.
 
It was a game of two halves with Zambia edging the first half while South Africa dominated the second half.
 
Coach Beston Chambeshi named Edward Chilufya and Biston Banda in attack in the absence of Fashion Sakala and Patson Daka with the two being aided by Lameck Banda on the left side of attack.
 
It looked all good in the first half and Zambia had the best chances and controlled proceedings. Biston saw his effort cleared off the line while Lameck failed to take advantage from the rebound in the 26th minute.
 
Ngosa Sunzu and Emmanuel Banda also had chances with shots taken from range.
 
After the break, the young Chipolopolo lost their way and allowed South Africa to dominate play in the midfield opting for long balls to the wings which were easily cut out.
 
Mangani Banda in goal twice had to save the situation but credit will go to the defense which held on well to keep out the attacks that were coming in waves.
 
The technical bench will be sweating on the fitness of Emmanuel Banda who limped off the pitch holding his hamstring in the 71st minute especially that he seemed to be the architect of Zambia’s attacks and battled well to win balls in midfield.
 
The arrival of the attacking trio of Daka, Sakala and Enock Mwepu ahead of the second game on Tuesday will be eagerly anticipated after the draw while South Africa will also be expecting key players who stayed back to play in the Soweto derby.
 
Ivory Coast who earlier beat Nigeria 1 – 0 lead group B on three points and will play South Africa in the next game while Zambia will play bottom placed Nigeria.
 
Zambia XI v South Africa
 
1. Mangani Banda, 13. Shemmy Mayembe, 3. Prosper Chiluya, 2. Moses Nyondo, 5. Solomon Sakala, 19. Ngosa Sunzu, 12. Emmanuel Banda (Field Nkandela 71′), 15. Biston Banda, 17. Kings Kangwa, 7. Lameck Banda (Harrison Chisala 69′), 14. Edward Chilufya (Oliver Lumbiya)
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5 Comments to Zambia draw with South Africa in U23 AFCON opener

  1. Stanley says:

    Let us hope bene fashion, Daka and mwepu will come before the next game.

  2. Shi DoDo says:

    I Belize the boys .ar just safe but needs improvement both on first and second half performance coz mostly that’s were we miss it

  3. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:

    If you look at Red Bull Salzburgs program, their league game is Today at 17:00 hours, away for that matter. Meaning these 2 can only join on Monday and play on Tuesday???? drop them please. Let stay at thier club.

  4. wake up says:

    so we drew with south Africa? they did not even have their full squad as some of there main players were not released by their European clubs, we should have taking advantage of this but unfortunately we couldn’t, all the best to the boys for our game against Nigeria and Ivory coast, but we all know how difficult the west is…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lets not fool ourselves, we have failed to play any west African or north African team as preparations, lets look at the teams we played on route to the u23 afcon.

    Malawi- we just beat 1 nil
    Congo- we just beat 1 nil and then 3-3

    we will talk and talk until we meet teams like Nigeria ghana mali ivory coast and Egypt. lets not run our mouths because the teams that the west played to get here are a lot more competitive than we are, I said it before until we constantly play friendlies with the west and when I say west I mean good teams from the west Nigeria Ghana Ivory Coast Burkina faso etc they will always punish us when we meet, playing southern African teams just wont cut it and we wonder why we end up in the same place year in year out. You must rub shoulders with the best to be the best simply and plain.

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