TACTICAL ANALYSIS: KASEBA STRUGGLES AS SECOND FIDDLE STRIKER, CHABULA THRILLS, DEFENSE STRUGGLES AND OTHER TALKING POINTS
The Zambia national team booked themselves a spot at the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) which will be played in Cameroon. The Chipolopolo drew 2-2 on the day but managed to beat Eswatini 3-2 on aggregate.
Interim coach Aggrey Chiyangi lined up his bullets in a 4-4-2 formation with Toaster Nsabata been in between the sticks. Benson Sakala and Paul Katema were partnered in the number 6 position, though Katema played as a box-to-box midfielder while Benson Sakala was a sitting midfielder.
The defense was the major source of worries as they struggled to copy with the pace of the Eswatini players. Clement Mwape and Adrian Chama played as central defenders while Mwila Phiri and Simon Silwimba occupied the left and right side of the defenders respectively.
The central defensive pairing looked so uncomfortable whenever Eswatini mounted an attack, on several occasions were caught napping and they failed to sense danger.
Coach Chiyangi introduced Isaac Shamujopa in the second half just to contain the pressure, Chama was pushed further on the pitch as a deep laying midfielder but that was not enough to prevent the Sihlangu Semnikati (King’s Shield) from making runs behind the Chipolopolo’s backline.
The second goal Eswatini scored summed up how bad the Zambian defense was, Sifiso Matse went past Silwimba then cut inside to level matters. The defensive midfielder though did not do much to protect the backline specially in the second half, the midfield played without any sort of coordination.
Mwila Phiri has shown that he is a good full-back, in modern football a full-back is someone who is able to to contribute on both ends on the pitch. Phiri is a very good player going forward, finding himself in good areas but it is his defending which has left many scratching their heads, he only has to work on his defense abilities to be a complete full-back.
The outstanding performer of the day was striker Emmanuel Chabula who scored a brace. The hittman has been a key figure in the Chipolopolo setup and he has not disappointed at all.
The striker finished the move Amity Shamenda started on the right flank, he made a run at the far post then Shamenda found him with a low pass in 4th minute to open the scoring. He pounce on the loose ball after a defensive error from the Eswatini defender and calmly place it beyond the goalkeeper to record his second.
Chabula was constant finding himself making runs behind the Eswatini’s last man while his striking partner Tapson Kaseba struggled through out the match. Kasebe is an orthodox striker but yesterday played second fiddle to Chabula and that made his life so hard.
Kabesa plays well as a lone striker, his ability to hold up play is the main reason why Aggrey Chiyangi loves to play him, when he has the ball on his feet it will need 2 or 3 defender to get the ball from him and that gives space to other players to loom further forward. He only needs to work on his finishing ability.
There is still more things to be done for Zambia to be title contenders in Cameroon specially the technical side of the game. The small errors we made nearly costed us, otherwise the overall performance of the players was good. Charles Zulu who came in as a substitute played so well, driving forward, dribbling past defenders while Youremember Banda brought positive energy.
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