Match Report: Zambia fall in Guinea Bissau
Zambia were dealt a heavy blow in their quest to qualify for2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals when they lost 2 – 1 away to Guinea Bissau.
It was sweet revenge for the West Africans who came from behind after Justin Shonga had put Zambia ahead to avenge the loss they suffered in Lusaka with a similar scoreline four days ago.
Guinea Bissau started well and pegged Zambia back in the early exchanges but some brilliant play in midfield by Enock Mwepu who had earlier missed a one on one chance with the keeper saw him win a freekick just outside the D zone.
Shonga made no mistake from the set piece to give Zambia the lead in the 12th minute to make it four goals in four games on his account.
Zambia looked comfortable for the rest of the half but failed to come out of their shell after the restart.
Zambia conceded when Solomon Sakala was beaten on the right as the attacker charged into the box and Stopilla Sunzu turned the cross into his own net with Kennedy Mweene beaten in the 53rd minute.
Bissau did not look back and added a second when Toni Silva jumped the highest in the box to score the second in 61st minute from a freekick.
Zambia failed to find any rythmn after that but still managed to create chances with Shonga and Patson Daka all coming close.
The result sees Guinea Bissau pull away from the rest of the pack in Group K as they move to 7 points while Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique remain on 4 points.
Namibia and Mozambique play their game in hand on Tuesday.
Zambia play their next game in November.
(16) Kennedy Mweene, (2) Solomon Sakala, (13) Stoppilla Sunzu, (14) Kabaso Chongo, (3) Lawrence Chungu, (19) Nathan Sinkala, (11) Enock Mwepu, (7) Clatous Chama (Rainford Kalaba), (8) Lubambo Musonda (Patson Daka), (22) Augustine Mulenga (Lazarous Kambole), (12) Justin Shonga
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