Friday, April 12, 2024

Chipolopolo suffer penalty heartache at the hands of Warriors 

The Chipolopolo started their opening match at the Four Nations Invitational tournament on a losing note with a 6-5 defeat by Zimbabwe on post-match penalties after the match ended 2-2 in regulation time.

Captain Stoppilla Sunzu had set Zambia on a dream start with a well headed effort in the first minute before Clatous Chama doubled the lead with a cheeky lob outside the box to send the Chipolopolo fans in a frenzy.

A cluster of travelling fans led by Zambia Sports Fans Association president pastor Peter Makembo stole the show with their solidarity songs.

However, Zimbabwe replied in emphatic fashion with Bonne Miles coming through for the Warriors after capitalising on some laxity in the Zambian defence.

As Zambia was looking like heading to the break with a 2-1 lead, Walter Musona tapped from close range after a harmless looking low ball was whipped in the Zambian box.

The second half provided a see-saw affair with Zambia finishing strong but with no goals coming the game had to be settled via a penalty shoot-out.

Zambia started the ball rolling through Patson Daka who made no mistake while Emmanuel Banda, Toaster Nsabata and Sunzu had their penalties saved.

The Warriors scored their efforts through John Takwara, Tino Kadewere, Marshal Munetsi, Andrew Farai, Bernard Donovan and Daniel Msendami. 

The villains were Musona and Divine Lunga who had their efforts saved.

Zimbabwe will await the winner of the match between Kenya and Malawi for the final tussle while the loser will contest the third and fourth place play off on Tuesday.

Aaron Mubanga
Aaron Mubanga
Aaron Mubanga is a qualified Environmental Health Technologist| Editor in Chief of Zambia's biggest all local football website ZamFoot| Player manager for Copper Queens duo of Barbra Banda and Evarine Susan Katongo |Brand Ambassador for Betway|Talent Scout| Women's Football Ambassador| Blogger | Football Writer|

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  1. Pointless sending these lot if they can’t even beat Zimbabwe & soon their next opponents will deam their lights further before Tanzania and Morocco come to test victory.

  2. The zambian game is deteriorating at the end of the day, the biggest challenge is the administrative aspect . The current administration is so blind that, they can’t see we don’t have a coach and expect to win games. In my opinion bring Kalusha and Charles Musonda admistrators to go back to our glory days. When was Zimbabwe a challenge for Chipopolo ? Fire Kamanga and the coach to make progress.

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