Cameroon 2 – 1 Zambia (Madiba 2′, Taguel 71′ | Musonda 77′)
The Zambia national team has started their series of international friendly matches with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Cameroon, in a game played at the Estadio Cerro Del Espino in Madrid, Spain.
Beston Chambeshi named six U23 players in the starting line-up handing senior international debuts to Nkwazi left back Kebson Kamanga, Nkana centre back Moses Nyondo and Zesco United right back Shemmy Mayembe against the African Champions who are preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Cameroon opened the scoring in the second minute through Wolfsburg striker Ntep de Madiba. Madiba rose above everyone and headed the ball past Nkana goalkeeper Allan Chibwe to make it one nil.
Zambia recovered well from the early setback and took the game their opponents but where not doing enough to trouble Carlos Kameni in goal.
Joel Taguel added a second in the 71st minute and that proved to be the decisive goal for the game.
PSL top scorer and Black Leopards striker Mwape Musonda came off the bench for Fashion Sakala in the 71st minute to pull one back six minutes later but it was not enough to rescue a draw.
There were other senior debut appearances for Buildcon midfielder Klings Kangwa and Lusaka Dynamos defender Paul Banda who all came off the bench.
Next for the Chipolopolo will be another match against the Gambia on Wednesday.
18. Allan Chibwe, 13. Shemmy Mayembe, 4. Kebson Kamanga (Paul Banda 88′), 14. Kabaso Chongo, 2. Moses Nyondo, 15. Salulani Phiri (Kings Kangwa 82′) 11. Enock Mwepu, 17. Augustine Mulenga, 10. Fashion Sakala (Mwape Musonda 71′) 20. Patson Daka, 12. Justin Shonga (Emmanuel Banda 65′)
Idriss Carlos Kameni – Tchatif, Yaya Banana, Jérôme Onguéné, Fai Collins – Pierre Kunde Malong, Petrus Boumal, Paul Georges Ntep, Fabrice Olinga, Jean-Pierre Nsame, Nicolas Moumi
Photo courtesy of FAZ