Zambia thump Swaziland in CHAN qualifier
The Zambia national soccer team has put one foot into the third round of the Kenya 2018 CHAN qualifiers after they humiliated Swaziland 4 – 0 in first leg in Mbabane.
A brace from Clatous Chama and a goal each from prolific hit-man Brian Mwila and left back Fackson Kapumbu were enough to overwhelm Sihlangu in front of their supporters.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda made 9 changes to the team that lost 3 – 1 to Zimbabwe in the final of the Cosafa Cup with only Isaac Shamujompa and Brian Mwila making the starting XI.
Nyirenda named an attacking line up with the returning Lusaka Dynamos captain Clatous Chama in the attacking role with Kondwani Mtonga in the holding role while the Zanaco duo Ernest Mbewe and Augustine Mulenga playing on the flanks.
Upfront, Cosafa Cup revelation Justin Shonga was dropped to the bench and in came Power Dynamos’ Martin Phiri to partner Brian Mwila.
At the back Ziyo Tembo was handed the armband as Donashamo Malama had to be content with a place on the bench.
Chama gave Zambia the lead in the 17th before Mwila scored to continue his excellent run in front of goal which sees him reach a record 4 goals in five matches for since his debut against South Africa.
Zambia extended the lead in the second half when Chama scored from the spot to grab his brace before Fackson Kapumbu put the game beyond doubt with a well taken free kick which beat the Swaziland goalie.
The two teams meet at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium on Saturday in the return leg with the winner playing either Botswana or South Africa in the penultimate round of the qualifiers.
South Africa are favorites to proceed as they have a 2 – 0 lead from the first leg played in Botswana.
The third round matches will be played on the weekend of 11th and 18th August.
Zambia XI v Swaziland: 16. Toaster Nsabata – 6. Simon Silwimba, 20. Isaac Shamujompa, 19. Ziyo Tembo (c), 21. Fackson Kapumbu – 11. Augustine Mulenga, 24. Kondwani Mtonga,17. Clatous Chama- 2. Ernest Mbewe – 22. Brian Mwila, 10. Martin Phiri
Substitutes: 18. Allan Chibwe, 15. Donashano Malama, 4. Adrian Chama, 9. Dave Daka, 8. John Chingandu, 12. Justin Shonga,3. Taonga Bwembya
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