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Zambia give away lead to draw against Benin

Benin 2 – 2 Zambia (Cibrio Soukou 13′ Yohan Roche 80′ | Salulani Phiri 18′, Tandi Mwape 45′)

The Zambia national soccer team was on Tuesday evening held to a 2 – 2 draw by Benin in a game that was played in CotonouBenin at the Mathieu Kerekou Stadium.

Zambia coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic seemed decisive in his team selection as he benched Klings Kangwa and Collins Sikombe who both under-performed against Senegal and brought in Prince Mumba and Spencer Sautu. There was a change in goal as Cyril Mwenya came in for Lameck Siame.

It looked to be a 50 / 50 affair from the start but the Zambia defense looked jittery and they were made to pay in the 13th minute when Cibrio Soukou cut through the middle of defense to shoot past a sliding Tandi Mwape for the opener.

Zambia responded five minutes later following a good move that ended with Salulani Phiri slamming the ball home from inside the box after Roger Kola played the ball into his path when he made a defense splitting run.

The Chipolopolo extended their lead with the last kick of the half when Tandi Mwape finished off a header from Sautu Spencer who had found space at the far post from a corner.

Zambia made a change at the break bringing in Collins Sikombe for the impressive Mumba.

Despite finding good spaces in attack, the Kola and Moses Phiri lacked the cutting edge to finish off the game.

The hosts persistence paid off in the 80th minute when substitute Yohan Roche finished off a rebound from Chibwe who had made an initial save from a point blank header.

Zambia looked rattled after that but they still made a couple of very good chances that they failed to utilize for the game to end locked at 2 – 2.

Zambia will next play Sudan on Friday in Khartoum.

ZAMBIA XI

1. Mwenya Chibwe, 3. Benedict Chepeshi, 23. Prosper Chiluya, 15. Dominic Chanda, 2. Tandi Mwape, 21. Pual Katema, 4. Salulani Phiri (Golden Mafwenta), 8. Prince Mumba Collins Sikombe), 20. Spencer Sautu (Klings Kangwa), 10. Roger Kola © (Brian Mwila), 12. Moses Phiri (Benson Sakala)
FULL SUBSTITUTES LIST
16. Lameck Siame, 18. Gregory Sanjase, 14. Collins Sikombe, 17. Kings Kangwa, 13. Golden Mafwenta, 9. Amity Shamende, 22. Brian Mwila, 19. Isaac Siamujompa, 11. Ntazana Mayembe, 6. Benson Sakala, 5. Makabaniso Magenge
BENIN XI
16. Allagbe Patumin, 3. Kalal Adenon ©, 25. Youssef Assogba, 12. Djalilou Ouorou, 13. Moise Adilrhou, 8. Jordan Adeloti, 21. Rodrique Kossi, 14. Cibrio Soukou, 20. Jodel Dossou, 10. Mickael Pote, 9. Steve Mounie
SUBSTITUTES
1. Fabien Farnolle, 23. Cherif Kakdo, 4. Djiman Koukou, 5. Yohan Roche, 11. Anane Tidjani, 15. Junior Olaitan, 18. Jerome Bonou, 22. Chabel Gomez, 19. Desire Sazankpo, 24. Marcelllin Koukopo, 2. Samadon Bourou, 6. Olivier Verdon

 

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14 Comments to Zambia give away lead to draw against Benin

  1. Boy says:

    Zamfoot sorry to say chibee played whole game its the benin keeper who was changed

  2. Tony mash says:

    They give another chance to that young boy mayembe.. they should not call players and bench them and later dump them..

  3. Tony mash says:

    They should not call up young stars and make them warm the bench. Mayembe should play .. stop the game of calling players and later dump them.

  4. Matador says:

    @Tony Mash…exactly my concern. They did that to that other rising star called Mwiya

  5. STUMPY says:

    so the Cardiff boy was called to be watching Zambia play? I can also watch Zambia play

  6. Sam says:

    Mayembe must play in sudan game. We want to see the cardiff boy. Test all players Micho

  7. Simon says:

    Micho do u knw that Mayembe is a talented boy than those u are using

  8. Slim says:

    What’s the idea ba Micho! I dont that uk boy will be inclined to come for friendlies. Micho toured europe at great cost to FAZ only to bench the young man.This coach his reasoning leaves much to be desired.

  9. Frog says:

    The problem is not Kamanga administration nor is Kalu the solution. Micho is not the problem either . The main problem is we , Zambians , we don’t admit that soccer in Africa has tremendously transformed and we have not been part of that . If we can consider the days of Alex Chola, Gibby Mbasala, Africans don’t have players trading in European elite leagues compared to today . Most of Western Africans have players featuring in these leagues while in this Southern Africa we don’t have much . That’s the reason in those days of Alex Chola and Gibby we could beat most of Western African by cricket score . It’s a sure thing that counties like Cameroon , Senegal, Togo their leagues are far below Zambian as we are always in CAF championship but they have very strong u17, u20 u23 and are able to take these players to trade in European leagues and develop from there. The recent match chipolopolo against Senegal, Senegal feature 100% players from Europe while we had most players trading in Zed league. Honestly, this was more like a team from Superleague playing against a team from second division and expect excellent results . My advice to my fellow loving soccer fans is let’s work together with whoever is in administration Kamanga or any other and assist our young stars to trade in Europe

  10. Matador says:

    @ Frog: Do we as Zambians collectively run soccer? Yes you are right standards have dipped but and thats why we can only blame coaches and administrators. By flying in young talent from abroad and then benching them through and through are you really inspiring up coming stars? They did that to young Mwiya and now they are doing it to this Mayembe boy. Surely something is not right here

  11. Frog says:

    @Matador: It’s quite discouraging to be benched with no explanation. I think the coach did , but let’s see what happens with Sudan match. This youngsters must be considered as well when we play u17, u20 and u23. The Mwiya and Mayambe I expected them to feature in the u20 Cosafa . Heaven knows why we don’t call them. However my concern is we don’t have players trading in European league as compared to our West African counterparts. Playing against Senegal or Nigeria is like playing Zesco or Zanaco against Man Utd and expecting to win

  12. Tony mash says:

    Zambia have talent that can beat teams like senegal and ghana. 2012 we out classed a star sturded ghana. Currently zambia have over 40 professionals dotted on the globe. Thats poor team selection. Period..

  13. Tony mash says:

    Some of the player are picked for marketing purpose. Thats why locals dominate the national team. Locals they are not good enough to play for the copper bullets. Thats why zambia is failing.

  14. Gilbert says:

    I think Micho is a vision less coach he has failed to make up a winning team I don’t even think the last game will make a difference he does not even know how to make substations

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