AfCON Dream in tatters!!! Zambia beaten in Botswana
Botswana 1 – 0 Zambia (Mosha Gaolalwe 8′)
Zambia’s dream to return to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2021 has been dealt a major blow after they went down 1 – 0 to Botswana on Monday evening. The result leaves Zambia rock bottom in Group H with only 3 points from four games.
It was a poor display by the Chipolopolo who failed to register a shot on target in the game and will have themselves to blame for allowing Botswana to score early in the 8th minute from what seemed to be a tame cross.
Coach Milutin Sredojević (Micho) made three changes to the team that beat Botswana on Thursday bringing in Fashion Sakala, Klings Kangwa and Kondwani Chiboni for Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and Ghampani Lungu. However there was very little on display in the final third for Zambia credit to a great defensive display by the hosts.
Despite Zambia starting the livelier of the two sides, Botswana took the lead when a cross from the right eluded both Luka Banda and Kelvin Kapumbu for defender Mosho Gaolalwe to knock it home from close range with his thigh.
Botswana immediately put numbers behind the ball and Zambia struggled to fashion any chances in attack. The Chipolopolo could have gone two goals down when a good counter attack saw a striker run through the middle to out pace Zechariah Chilongoshi and Kelvin Kapumbu only to see his effort come off the upright with Sebastian Mwange in the Zambia goal beaten in the 39th minute.
Micho rang the changes at half time removing defender Kondwani Chiboni for Lungu and Kangwa for Justin Shonga. The changes upped the pace for Zambia and they were beginning to create spaces but nothing was coming off for the Chipolopolo in terms of testing the goalie.
Despite ending the game with a number of known attackers on the pitch – Bruce Musakanya, Ghampani Lungu, Shonga, Emmanuel Chabula, Kelvin Kampamba, Collins Sikombe, Fashion Sakala and Enock Mwepu, the closest Zambia came to getting an equalizer was in the 87th minute when Sakala saw his volley come off the cross-bar from a Mubanga long throw-in.
With only two more games to play, Zambia will have to win the remaining two matches against Algeria (Home) and Zimbabwe (Away) to have a chance of making an appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament after missing out on the last two editions.
The Chipolopolo end Match Day 3 at the bottom of Group H with three points, Botswana are third with 4 points, Zimbabwe 5 points and leaders Algeria qualified with 10 points.
Zambia XI v Botswana
1. Sebastian Mwange, 4. Kondwani Chiboni, 23. Zacharia Chilongoshi (Ghampani Lungu), 3. Tandi Mwape, 5. Luka Banda, 15. Kelvin Kapumbu (Kelvin Kampamba), 11. Enock Mwepu, 22. Kings Kangwa (Justin Shonga), 14. Collins Sikombe (Bruce Musakanya), 8. Lubambo Musonda (Emmanue Chabula), 10. Fashion Sakala
18. Lameck Siame, 16. Allan Chibwe, 6. Benson Sakala, 2. Leonard Mulenga, 9. Amity Shamende, 17. Augustine Mulenga, 13. Dominic Chanda
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