Monday, June 24, 2024

Kuwait humiliate Zambia B in a friendly

A locally assembled Zambia suffered a 3-0 defeat to Kuwait on Monday night in a friendly match.

Striker Shabab Al- Khalidi gave Kuwait a lead in the 16th minute.

After the break, Khaled Ibrahim made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute and six minutes later Al-Khalidi made the tie out of reach for the Cosafa Cup bound side as he grabbed his second of the night.

Zambia coach Numba Mumba named an aging starting XI with goalkeeper Allan Chibwe in goal.

Captain Luka Banda was paired with another veteran Aaron Katebe while Kebson Kamanga and Gideon Sichone started left and right full backs respectively.

A midfield trio Jack Chirwa, Oliver Lumbiya and John Kosamu started with veteran striker Lazarous Kambole leading the line.

Amity Shamende and Abraham Siankombo played on the flanks.

Numba made some changes after the break.

The team will now shift base from Cairo to Casablanca were they are expected to face Morocco U23 in a friendly a week today.

The two friendly matches are being used to prepare for next month’s Cosafa Cup.

Zambia XI: Allan Chibwe, – Gideon Sichone, Kebson Kamanga (Kondwani Chiboni 46′), Aaron Katebe, Luka Banda – Jack Chirwa (Friedrick Mulambya 46′) Oliver Lumbiya,John Kosamu – Amity Shamende (Golden Mashata 62′), Abraham Siankombob(Joshua Mutale 62′), Lazarus Kambole (George Ngoma 62′)

Unused Substitutes: Gregory Sanjase, Bwembya Kakungu, Mathews Chabala, Chanda Mukuka.

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  1. This shows how low the caliber of local players in our top league is! A league where top scorer in a season is a foreign player, one wonders where our local talent is! I think before the team travels to Cosafa FAZ should make the team play against a national team selected from all the 10 provinces so that we can see some of the hidden talent in the provinces which can beef up the final Cosafa bound team. As it is now the top league lacks top class players! This is why even watching local league matches is not worth it because the players lack talent and seriousness! I have seen instances where a player has the room to shoot and score while in penalty area, but just balloons the ball to nowhere near the goal mouth! Is it that our players have a sight problem? What could be the reason, because coaches are there to coach from time to time! In the past we enjoyed going to stadia to watch local league football because the the likes of Godfrey Chitalu, Benard Chanda, Alex Chola, Dick Chama, Moses Simwala, Willie Phiri, Patrick Phiri, Francis Kajiya etc played football with purpose! Not just as a pass time activity , just to earn some money at the end of the day!

  2. The coach is underperforming at club level- one win? In how many league matches?
    And you assign him the National team.
    Imagine say the current main squad (A) decided to retire tonight. That’s the team which would takeover? No bafetu, let’s be serious.
    He (Numba) nonetheless did well to close the floodgates, and avoid conceding further, but we can do better. Especially say selecting younger talent. From the unders (U20/23), or a bulk of players from those that performed at club level such as FC MUZA. Young chaps are more thirsty.

  3. We have got a lot of young talented players in our 10 provinces, who haven’t been given chance why focusing on the same players? why put his eyes on the same players?

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