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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

38 Comments to Zambia thump Swaziland in CHAN qualifier

  1. Nazo says:

    That is good but consistence should be their to win people’s hearts and the coach should much on the team selection to further damages.

    • Nostra says:

      Team was ok! Keep it if so-called Wada Wada can.
      I would have loved Adrian play on right instead of Silwimnba. Adrian played well at CoSaFA.
      Then , those 2 Enerst Mbewe and Augustine Mulenga are not better than Shonga and John Chingandu. I have watched Zanaco in those international club competition.
      Zanaco can feed national team with:
      Nsabata, Ziyo and Boyd Musonda period.

  2. Sibs says:

    Its good to win but still not changing my mind on Wedson Nyirenda being Coach.

    We need another Coach who will select players on merit and read the game at a much higher level.

  3. Anita says:

    Lets give him more time. Some foreign coaches are just names and colour, look at the ZESCO coach. is he better than wada!

    • Mingalato says:

      Yes Zesco coach is much better than Nyerenda, but I root of something is not qualified to coach Chipolopolo.

  4. sly says:

    I said it. Zambia is a dangerous tricky side.

  5. sly says:

    Don’t cry Swaziland. I had given the warning well in advance.

  6. Discipline says:

    That was obvious looking at the selected players this time he did not look for kick backs just the result to easy the pressure

  7. Don says:

    The addition of Zesco n Zanaco players has boosted the team….excellent result but don’t dissspoont us when you play Swaziland in the reverse fixture. You guys are so unpredictable these days.

  8. Sibs says:

    Anita how much time should we give him? If you expect him to take you the AFCON 2019 and the W.C forget. Mark my words.

  9. As for me I can’t give wada wada credit I can only give him credit when he beat teams like nigeria,senegal ivory coast not the useless swaziland its like that foolish man who was boasting of been Rich when he only has 10 loaf of bread that cost k50 that fact will remain that wada wada and kamanga are both amateurs period

  10. And zamfoot can you complete the story you have only reported that clatous chama scored the brace did the game end two zero because there you reported four zero this is what I call the kamanga way of reporting without proper direction


    Look here! Who has scored a brace for Zambia? The answer is ” CCC “; Now the thing is “how many times did we criticise this coach for him to call Chota CHAMA to the squad ? ” This is the reason why I say he is not a good coach???? Next we need FWAYO to be in this squad that is if he’s in country!

  12. C2 says:

    This is good,but the coach should stop leaving the players who are eligible to do well.we don’t need some of the players who played at the COSAFA final and AFCON Q s.
    Please ba coach mwilasenda bacipantepante!!

  13. Nchepeshi says:

    The result is good but the Coach being a Zambian he should know the players better and select the ones performing well in league Zambia National Team is for the people not he’s so when people re talking he should listen and add quality players to the team.

  14. Leo Pretoria says:

    Cletus scored a brace
    Brian Mwila and kapumbu a goal each

  15. Tony mash says:

    We also need nathan and mbola sinkala back.

  16. 90 minutes says:

    maybe wada should leave the issue of player selection to another. just look at wadas best whom he selected without our influence as bloggers during the cosafa outing. wada should not even expect kudos from as, its as the bloggers who pushed for the team he took to Swaziland. if we had not talked, we would have seen another image and likeliness of the cosafa team.

    • Brother Babs says:

      Yeah, we told the coach that winning starts with good team selection. Thanks, he has NOW saved his face!


    Which players were in the Starting Xi for Zambia? Any one who knows the Team line up;

  18. Bsimms says:

    Over excited over Swaziland win😂.
    Am not easily fooled… Until Wedson wins CHAN or sends Zambia to Afcon 2019 i will never be a believer in his ability to make our national team contenders & not participants.

  19. basuzyo says:

    Chipolopolo: Toaster Nsabata, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, Isaac Shamujompa, Ziyo Tembo (c) Kondwani Mtonga, Ernest Mbewe, Clatous Chama, Augustine Mulenga, Martin Phiri, Brian Mwila

    Subs: Allan Chibwe, Donashano Malama, Adrian Chama, Dave Daka, John Chingandu, Justin Shonga, Taonga Bwembya

  20. Redblue says:

    I think best players are Cletus chama Brian mwila to but not simon silwilwimba he is not national team material some said Augustine mulenga is not gud but to me he is needed at national level Mbola we saw in 2008 is not the one we are seeing today why are u crying over him we can’t continue relying on same players all the time as they may they are only ones who know football most of Zambian players are stupid.

  21. GSK11 says:

    F kapumbu scored.
    Good, I suppose . He was a liability against Mozambique but he is till making his way in international football and this goal would have boosted his confidence. Brian Mwila has seemingly come out of nowhere. Wishing him much success and J shonga too.

  22. sly says:

    I am surprised if some of the people do not see the quality in Augu. That player is one of the best gems in the busket. It might not be shining as others but if well polished it might prove to be the most glittering of them all. Another player that Zambia has been overlooking is the demunitive Mbewe. He is such a nuisance in his attacks such that on his good day defenders who have to take care of him would have a torrid day in office. John Ching’andu is another gem worth mentioning. Despite his stature he is among the lethal weapons in Zambia’s armoury. Zambian can do well if they emphasize more ondeploying players with the strength that is the weakness of their opponents. In this, the implication is that Zambia must go back to the birth of football tactics that involved studying an opponent before coming up with a plan.


    Maintain that starting 11 especially the goal keeper who is at his best! Thanks for the line up bro!

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  25. Pungwa says:

    I think Shonga deserves a start in any locally assembled Zambian team. I think coach should play him on the left wing. I believe he should be ahead of Martin Phiri. Donashano is untrainable, he has reached his peak and will never get better, John Chingandu is average, good for the locaal league such that as of at now, he really has to justify his presence in the team – ka Dave Daka brings in more ichibe for opposing defenders than Chingandu.


    At heroes Justin Shonga should start, hope @coach is listening!

  27. kensplash says:

    We do not have to think twice to beat teams like Swaziland.This is what is expected when we play such teams.Our coach still needs to put his act together because we still have big issues of acfcon and the world cup.

  28. Sibs says:

    @Pungwa. Donashano is un-trainable man you cracked my ribs. Reminds me of Joe Bwalya from Kabwe Warriors who was said to be untrainable in the 90’s.

  29. Romeo Mwango says:

    Bola yaba bp i cant watch like football but not in this way.

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