Zambia U17 lose to Guinea
The Zambia U17 national team kicked of their campaign at the Niger 2015 CAF U17 Championship on a poor note with a 1 – 0 loss to Guinea.
The Chris Kaunda coached who now have an uphill battle to qualify to the semi-finals started the match brightly and seemed in control of the match until the 25th minute when Salati Lungu failed to deal with an Aboubacar Toure’s strike from a corner to concede against the run of play.
This was after goalkeeper Daniel Sikanyika had tipped a ferocious shot over the bar to concede the corner.
The young Zambians remained composed despite falling behind but they failed to exploit the chances that came their way.
In the second half, Enock Mwepu twice came close from range but the Guinea keeper was equal to the task.
Half way into the second half, Kaunda made changes bringing in Kenny Sinkala and Gift Sikaonga for Pumulo Siwanga and Edwin Chipile respectively.
The changes gave Zambia a spring in attack with Sinkala proving to be a terror as he combined well with captain Patson Daka.
Zambia continued to press till the end but even last minute efforts by Daka failed to yield a goal the West Africa desperately held on to the lead clearing off the line in some instances.
In the early kickoff, favorites Nigeria made easy work of Niger as they eased past the hosts with a 2 – 0 victory.
Zambia next play hosts Niger on Wednesday evening.
Zambia XI v Guinea
1. Daniel Sikanyika, 5. Wayne Museba, 3. Prosper Chiluya., 4. Salati Lungu, 13. Edward Chimfwembe, 14. Ngosa Sunzu, 11. Enock Mwepu, 10. Musonda Siame, 9. Patson Daka.(C), 8.Pumulo Siwanga (Kenny Sinkala), 7. Edwin Chipile (Gift Sikaonga)
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