Tuesday, July 23, 2024

CHAN 2018: Chipolopolo shoot past Ivory Coast to reach quarter finals

The Zambia national team has qualified to the quarter finals of the on going CHAN tournament after picking a 2 – 0 victory over Ivory Coast thanks a to a brace by Augustine Mulenga.

Zambia become only the second team to book a spot in the knockout stage after hosts Morocco who have also picked back to back wins in their open two matches.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda made only one forced change to the team that beat Uganda 3 – 1 in the opening match with Friday Samu coming in for injured Alex ‘Bazo’ Ngonga.

The change did not faze the team as they looked in control of the game from the start to the end despite some early jitters in defense.

Zambia are looking dangerous on the counter-attack they were unsettling the West Africans with runs on the flanks.

A back heel from Friday Samu near the right touch line found Lazarous Kambole on the run and he squared a ball for Mulenga who was arriving from the left and he struck home from outside the box neatly curling a low first time shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper Zadi Ble.

Samu who was making his first start for Zambia was making a nuisance of himself but failing to find the net. However Ernest ‘Alteeza’ Mbewe had a biggest miss of the evening in the 31st minute when a cross from Mulenga found him free at the back post but he saw his header come off the cross bar.

After the break, Ivory Coast were beginning to control the midfield with Brouh Ngou and William upfront but they were lacking the punch in the final third. But it was Zambia who again came close with Mbewe seeing his effort cleared off the line in the 68th minute.

Two minutes later, Alteeza broke on the right and he picked Mulenga who wiggled his way past three challenges with composure to shoot past the goalkeeper for Zambia’s second.

Zambia will play Namibia in the final game that will determine the winner of the group in the final group game on Monday at 2100hrs.

Ivory Coast will wait to play for pride against Uganda on Monday but will head back home after that as the result leaves them with no chance of qualification.

Man of the match Mulenga goes second on the top scorers chart with three goals two behind leading goal scorer Kaabi of Morocco while Alteeza and Kambole have two assists each in the tournament so far.


18. Toaster Nsabata, 4. Adrian Chama, 5. Lazarous Kambole (Jack Chirwa) 6. Simon Silwimba, 7. Ernest Mbewe, 15. Donashano Malama, Kondwani Mtonga, 17. Augustine Mulenga, 19. Ziyo Tembo ©, 20. Fackson Kapumbu, 23. Friday Samu (Katiba Mike)


1.Zadi Ble, 2. Dagou Britto, 3. Akassou Koutouan, 4. Wonlo Coulibaly, 5. Essis Fulgence Aka, 6. Hamed Diomande ©, 7.Mel Togui, 8. Brou N’goh, 11. Kouame Alphonse Yao, 14. Mohammed Sanogo, 15. Diallo Kouassi

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  1. I Salute You Guys!!! A Lot Needs To Be Done In The Midfield. It Seems Like We Only Have Defending Midfielders Thats Why We Are Just Scoring Goals Using “Counter Attacking”. Pliz Wada We Want Feeders(attackers) Who Will Feed The Kambole’s And Bene Ngonga. Balls Are Only Coming From The Right And Left Flanks.

  2. nothing surprising. i expect zambia ti o evn better. our local team is the core of the main team, giants like ivorycoast and cameroun are merely xperimenting and fulfiling fixtures becos all their main players are europ based

    • Man u will never appreciate…in your past comments we were out and buried…the coach is nonsense, WE WON 2-0…Forget we would have done better…we played a determined team needing a win and we came through…give the coach full credit!!!

  3. ba silungwe were do u think attacking midfilders will come from in the middle of a tournament? he will import from zambia? or he will convert nsabata?

  4. Wada is good coach, my desire is we should win all the games ,then I wait for the reaction of those calling for his head.since many people in these last days have no shame,still they will find a cause for complain against wada.lets wait and see “time will tell”

  5. Well done boys. This was a much improved and performance than against Uganda. There was composure and some good interchange passes in midfield and we generally had the game under control. Augustine and Ernest have come of age now with their decision making and composure on the ball. I still find had to understand why the coach has persisted with Kampumbu. He is and has always been our weakest link in defence. He has no pace, caught out of position most of the time. Almost all the goals we have conceded since 1-2 loss to Nigeria at Levy have come from his flank. Yesterday he was being bailed out by Adrian. I hope the coach was able to see this and will replace him with Chungu, who is a better defender and has pace to launch those attacks on the wing. In the Namibian game I hope the coach gives chance to other players so that we see what they can to the table.

  6. Don, I think the only reason he plays Kapumbu is for set pieces and his ability to cross. Defensively he is a liability and we do not need him. Silwimba is equally bad and I think if I were the coach I would drop Silwimba first before Kapumbu because he brings nothing to the team. He has the same weaknesses as Kapumbu, but does not have any qualities that Kapumbu possesses.

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