Player Ratings: Zambia 2 – 0 Tanzania
The Zambia national soccer team secured an important victory in their opening Group D match at the CHAN Tournament with two second half goals by Collins Sikombe and Emmanuel Chabula. The ZamFoot Crew rates the players performances.
Allan Chibwe 7/10 – Hardly had a shot on target to save as Tanzania were kept at bay by the Zambia defense. He did very well to clear off the crosses in the box especially with the height and size of the Tanzanians. When Langa went one on one with him, he was quick off his line to narrow the angle and unsettle the striker whose chipped effort went over the bar with Chilongoshi beaten
Benedict Chepeshi 6/10 – Excellent positioning and hardly caught out of position. He was water tight in defense. He looked dangerous when he ventured forward but he did little of that.
Zechariah Chilongoshi 4/10 – He had a torrid time to keeping up with the physicality, pace and intelligent runs of the side striker. They attacked through his end and numerous crosses were launched from his defensive position
Luka Banda 6/10 – Strong on the ball and won the duels. His height and physical presence was an asset for Zambia against the tall and physical Taifa Stars
Clement Mwape 6/10 – Complemented Luka Banda well. He was calm and composed and very alert to any danger
Kelvin Kapumbu 5/10 – The skipper had an imposing presence in midfield and was winning balls but far too often failed to initiate play from the deep areas and went long to Chabula who was dwarfed by the Tanzanian defenders.
Golden Mafwenta 7/10 – A decent first full international debut for the 20 year old. He stuck in there and fought well in the midfield and his forays into the box almost earned Zambia the opener. Unlucky to be subbed at half time when Zambia needed to change tactics.
Paul Katema 7.5/10 – What a work-horse in midfield. He did not stop running and was everywhere in the midfield supporting defense and attack. He made the most forward passes to play the strikers into space and was unlucky not to have an assist after he put Sikombe through with the goalkeeper at 1 – 0.
Kelvin Kampamba 4/10 – Nothing came off for him. He should have been the creative force in the team, but it was a sluggish display. He was on set-piece duty and even there, nothing came off. Replaced in the second half.
Collins Sikombe 8/10 – An assist and a goal summed up his game. He could have scored a couple but missed to of the chances that fell to him. Guilty of misplacing passes in the first half but thrived when Zambia had width in the second half.
Emmanuel Chabula 8/10 – Played the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He stood strong amongst the physically imposing defenders an kept fighting until the final whistle. Was denied in the first half by brilliant goalkeeping before missing the gaping goal. He was rewarded for his effort in a brilliant goal that will contend for goal of the tournament.
Spencer Sautu 7.5/10 – Came in for Mafwenta at half time and looked lively with his runs. He stretched the Tanzania defense and was involved in the second goal.
Amity Shamenda 6/10 – Came in for the Kampamba. Looked sharp and his runs gave Zambia width.
Jack Chirwa – In for Collins Sikombe. Not rated
Coach Micho 7/10
Gave too much respect to his opponents going 4-2-3-1. He was quick to change tactics at half time and he got his substitutions right. Once Zambia switched to a 4-3-3, they looked more settled and threatening and the goals came through. Big win for him to build on for the next game.
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