Saturday, December 9, 2023

Niger 2-1 Zambia – As it happened

22:55 –


2026 World Cup qualifier | Full-Time 

Niger 2-1 Zambia

(Amadou Moutari 6′, Boubacar Goumey 28’| Patson Daka 50′) 

10:47 – Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba introduced for Benedict Chepeshi 

22:37 – Klings Kangwa makes way for Lubambo Musonda 

22:25 – Double Substitution  🔁

Golden  Mafwenta and Zephaniah Phiri come on for  Rodrick Kabwe and Clatous Chota Chama.

22:09 – Goal 

Patson Daka pulls one back from close range after a good move involving Lameck Banda, Benedict Chepeshi, Clatous Chota Chama, Fashion Sakala and Daka. 

22:04 – The second half under way at the Stade Grand Marrakech


2026 World Cup qualifier | Half-Time 

Niger 2-0 Zambia

(Amadou Moutari 6′, Boubacar Goumey 28′) 

21:28 – Goal ,Niger double their lead 

Boubacar Goumey with a close range finish

21:15 – Zambia still to create a clear chance.

21:06 – Goal for Niger 

Amadou Moutari with the goal , easy goal poor defending from Zambia. 

21:05 – Still goalless, Zambia has started as the better side but no clear cut chances yet.

Clatous Chota Chama gets into the box after a good interchange of passes but the cross too strong for Fashion Sakala Jnr. 

21:00 – We are underway here at the  Stade Grand Marrakech

20:20 – Both Chipolopolo and Niger take a walk on the pitch. 

20:15 – Niger Line up is out 

20:00 –  The Chipolopolo Boys starting line up is out

19:30 -The Chipolopolo Boys will take Niger in their second 2026 World Cup qualifier. 

Kick off is set for 21:00 CAT at the Stade Grand Marrakech. 

Aaron Mubanga
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  1. The coach has to look at centre forward position, you cannot have top striker who scores by chance. He should give chance to other strikers like Kennedy Musonda , Andrew Phiri etc. Then the Zambian team is fond of taking the ball backwards even when they are down, is that instruction from the coach. The goal keeping department, the search must continue! Strong teams always have very impeccable goal keepers! Remember the likes of Emmanuel Mwape in the 1970s. Efford Chabala in the ’80s and 90s! Kennedy Mweene in 2000s! Otherwise with this team dreams of going to the world are quashed! Can this team successfully play Brasil, Netherlands or France? Not at all. So Mr. Kamanga we still have long to go!

  2. Overall, the team looked tired and lethargic. They started very slow were trying to be too cute on the ball, losing possession in the middle of the park. The defense was caught napping in a quick counter attack running through Rodrick Kabwe for an an easy goal. Left back is big problem for Zambia at the moment. Kling Kangwa needed more support from Emmanuel Banda who had an off day today. Cletus Chama was timid, seems to luck confidence to command the midfield save for the rebound shot that led to a Patson Daka goal. This was a good game for Cletus to make a statement and claim the starting line up but that was not the case. Upfront, Lameck Banda was a constant threat. Fashion didn’t see much of the ball and when he did, he was tightly marked thus he was not able to create problems. Niger was beatable, Zambia just didn’t show up today. My suggestions to fix what I saw in today.
    – Bring in Miguel Chaiwa to play anchor with Kings Kangwa, he will provide better cover and also help in attack
    – Replace Rodrick Kabwe with Lubambo Musonda who has pace and on the left back. Rodrick is slow and lets offensive players progress to dangerous areas on the pitch without taking action causing confusion in the backline as other players try to cross over to cover his mistakes.
    – Frankie Musonda should partner Sunzu in defense
    That’s what I can for now, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to improve the coordination in the team. Too many errand passes and rushing when not under pressure.

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