Thursday, June 13, 2024

Chipolopolo draw against the scorpions of Gambia

The Zambia national team went a second consecutive game without scoring a goal when they were held to a goalless draw in an international friendly match against the scorpions of Gambia.

Chipolopolo coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina made three changes to the team that lost 1 – 0 against Togo bringing in Kennedy Mweene, Chisamba Lungu and Salulani Phiri, but there was no place for skipper Rainford Kalaba and burly striker Collins Mbesuma.

Zambia went with an attacking three of Evans Kangwa, Christopher Katongo and Winstone Kalengo with the midfield anchored by a youthful duo of tough tackling Salulani Phiri and workaholic Paul Katema while tricky Chisamba Lungu was the more attacking midfielder.

Zambia struggled to keep the hosts at bay in the first half but held their own with Katongo looking lively in the opening exchanges.

Zambia upped their game in the second half and were unlucky not to score as they dominated the entire second half.

ZamFoot Crew correspondent, Modou Lamin Beyai, who watched the match at the independence stadium summarized the match as follows:

“It was good test for both Gambia and Zambia and a very good match for the visitors. The Chipolopolo dominated the entire second period.

Gambia were too playful and inexperienced. Good match overall!”

This was Zambia’s last practice match before they play Guinea Bissau on Saturday in a must win match.

Zambia XI

Kennedy Mweene – Davies Nkausu, Stopilla Sunzu (Buchizya Mfune), Adrian Chama, Steven Kabamba – Salulani Phiri, Paul Katema, Chisamba Lungu (Lubambo Musonda) – Winstone Kalengo, Evans Kangwa, Christopher Katongo (Conlyde Luchanga)

Gambia XI

Alagie Nyabally, Bubacarr Sanneh, Gregory Sambou, Mass Manga, Nuha Barrow, Kabba, Sambou, Lamin Chatty, Bully Drammeh, Lamin Jallow, Emil Sambou, Bakary Njie

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  1. I want 2 thnk zamfoot 4 the live updates, despite zambia nt leaving upto the expectation of us fans, am very angry 2 c zambia drawng with teams lyk gambia,bissau maybe we need an expatriate coach befor we start world cup qualifiers bcoz we ar going to face stif competition, am very disapointd with 2nyt’s game by th way who captaind zambia agaist togo and gambia ?

    • cut the crap, if indeed “expertriat” coaches won games, South Africa, Morrocco or indeed Ghana would by now have won the world cup. These have time and again hired the best coaches in the world who we can only dream of, but what have they shown for all that? just modest performance. for South Africa, its only a token one Afcon trophy and a world cup appearance, for Morrocco, in more than 40 years, its just formality world cup appearances were they get knocked out in the first rounds, and Ghana have failed to win win the afcon since 1982 and serve for the inspired World cup appearance of 2010, they too have been quite pedestrian.

      From all this, its clear coaches never made much difference, in the absence of high level of organisation, its actually the attitude and motivation of players that wins trphies. The Chipolopolo of 2012 did not have the best coach at the tournment but came back with the trophy to honour our fallen heroes in Gabon. The bafanabafana of 1996 only had the South African Clive Barker but dazzled Africa to lift the trophy in front of Mandela. an inspired Ghana, knowing that they were the sole african survivors at the 2010 world cup and against the odds of fielding a very young team almost shocked the world by going all the way. in all this, the buck stops at the players, are they inspired at the particular tournment?

      England has all the money to hire any coach in the world and a high level organisation to have a good team, but when did they last win a major? Spain had not won anything in a long time until very recently, was it lack of a good coach?

      Save your little forex for more worthy causes. just invest in discovering what what really drives wining players. Lesson are awash, Leicester in england, Chipolopolo 2012, Ghana 2010, Senegal 2002 and Bafana 1996

    • Xenophobia manifests itself everywhere in South Africa. Even in football. Although there is this system where they dont payout the full amount to a top goal scorer if you score less than 15 goals. But thats bullsh!$.


  3. Whats wrong with our coach putting kalaba and mbesuma on bench and where is mayuka,singuluma and mukuka?what are they doing? Why not calling them?hes busy putting in amateurs and he calls it a team,he must be serious

  4. explain what has happened to 1.fwayo Tembo and 2.accord us an explaination why Kalaba is being sidelined. Don t finish the young and talented player plz chicken Landamina

  5. Gambia is no push-over, please kindly ask South Africa’s Bafana Bafana. To draw with them in their backyard is a good result, on which to build.

    We lost the first game, drew the second one and we will ……, the third.

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