Senegal 3 – 1 Zambia: Player Ratings
An under strength Zambia national team was bashed 3 – 1 by Senegal in an international friendly match played in Thies. Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Serdovic was missing up to 17 players due to various reasons and the absence of key cogs was clearly visible.
This how the players faired.
Lameck Siame 5/10: Shipped in three, not entirely his fault. Hard to remember any brilliant save he made. To his credit, he was confident and looked sure of himself.
Benedict Chepeshi 4/10 – All three goals were orchestrated by the Senegalese from his side. He pushed up well could have assisted Kola but for the brilliance of the keeper. Unfortunately he did not read the game well enough to ensure the his space was well covered when defending
Tandi Mwape 6/10 – Showed some flashes of individual brilliance in trying to keep out Ismaila Sarr who was attacking through his channel but he did not impose himself enough against the slippery Senegal attackers
Dominic Chanda 6/10 – Scored the face saver for Zambia. Looked steady but he and his central defense partner Mwape did not gel. The two looked overwhelmed despite the added cover from the defensive midfielders who played deep
Prosper Chiluya 8/10 – A good debut for the former U20 Class of 2017 international. Provided the assist for the goal and was solid in defense. He supported attack with good crosses and he did not let anything pass on his side.
Salulani Phiri 7/10 – A good shift on his return to the squad. Covered a lot of ground in the middle to and worked hard to disrupt the Senegal build ups. He played to deep in the first half.
Paul Katema 6/10 – Added steel to the midfield and got sucked into the defending positions to cover for the obvious gaps. He spent quite some time deep on the right to ensure leaky Chepeshi and on one of the occasions ended up conceding a penalty.
Klings Kangwa 3/10 – A poor performance from the Russia based midfielder. His failure to hold the ball and dictate play from the central position cost Zambia in the first half. Rightly hauled out at half time
Collins Sikombe 4/10 – Not up to scratch. He seemed hurried, shooting inaccurately without taking his time, Zambia best chance in the first half fell to him and he squandered it when he tried to dribble. Not good enough on the day
Moses Phiri 5/10 – Looked quite assured in the final third but was not creative enough against the agile defenders. He did not register a shot on target nor complete a pass that ended in a dangerous attacking position for Zambia
Rogers Kola 8/10 – A very good all round performance by the lanky forward who was captain on the day. He gave everything you would ask from a striker despite the failure to score. Played the lone striker, he came short to pick the ball and brought other into play, ran the channels, had a presence in the box and was denied twice by the keeper from headers and at one time when he was played through on goal, he rushed his shot to miss the target
Prince Mumba 7/10 – Debut appearance. Came on at half time for Kangwa and he helped bring stability in the midfield with his ability to hold and play the ball.
Spencer Sautu 7/10 – On for Sikombe at half time. Did enough to trouble and unsettle the Teranga Lions defense on his introduction. Could have provided an assist but his final ball failed him.
Brian Mwila 5/10 – He had very little influence on the game after coming on for Paul Katema
Amity Shamenda 4/10 – Came on for Moses Phiri but clearly a downgrade in that position. He was losing the ball and when he had the chance to create he lacked the final ball
Ntanzana Mayembe – Introduced for Chepeshi in the final minute for his debut. Not rated
Coach Micho 6/10
He has continued the trend of seeing his team being overran in the first half and recovering in the second half. His Mitigation will certainly be that he did not have his best XI available as 17 of the players who are part of the national team were not available for selection.
His criticism will lie the fact that he gave Senegal too much respect in the first half playing two defensive minded midfielders this took away the creativity from the team especially with the two attacking midfielders having an off day. Once he tweaked the team and let the handbrake off, his team was able to come out in the second half and created several chances while holding out at the back. His team is still a work in progress and some players may have already shown that this is not their level.
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