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Zambia held in their opening match of the pre-CHAN tournament

The locally-based Chipolopolo Boys gave up a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with Niger in their opening match of the ongoing Pre-CHAN tournament.

Zambia took the lead just after five minutes, Lusaka Dynamos midfielder Collins Sikombe with the goal but the lead was short-lived as Ibrahim Essa leveled matters ten minutes later.

Zambia was however back in the lead in the 36th minute thanks to in-form Sensational Zanaco forward Moses Phiri who made sure the Zambia CHAN squad went into the break with a 2-1 lead.

Collins Sikombe doubled Zambia’s lead fourteen minutes into the second half with Zambia heading for a comfortable 3-1 win Niger hit back through Essa to complete his brace in the 75th minute and Moussa Issa in the 87th minute to make sure the two teams share the spoils, 3-3 the match ended.

In the opening match of the tournament, Cameroon and Angola also played to a 1-1 draw on Friday.

Zambia 3-3 Niger

(C. Sikombe 5′,59′, M.Phiri 36’| Ibrahim Essa 15′,75′,Moussa Issa 87′)

Zambia XI Vs Niger

This is how Zambia lined up

Charles Kalumba 1, Adrian Chama 4, Clement Mwape 27, Adrian Chama 4, Zachariah Chilongoshi 23, Golden Mafwenta 5, Dominic Chanda 25, Collins Sikombe 14, Benson Sakala 6, Kelvin Kapumbu 15, Moses Phiri 12, Emmanuel Chabula 17

Lameck Siame 18, Patrick Chooma, 26, Richard Nyirenda 26, Benedict Chepeshi 3, Kondwani Chiboni 2, Bruce Musakanya 10, Chaniza Zulu 22, Spencer Sautu 20, Leonard Mulenga 8, Jack Chirwa 19, Friday Samu 9, Albert Kangwanda 11, Paul Katema 21

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13 Comments to Zambia held in their opening match of the pre-CHAN tournament

  1. Obino Mubanga says:

    Does this mean that this current Team lucks defending. So surprising all 10 games have played so far the result is the same.

  2. Julio says:

    Leading 3 – 1, to draw 3 – 3 is not very encouraging. With all due respect, Niger are not the strongest of opposition. It seems team our defense went to sleep in the second half. Let Coach Micho improve our boys’ game management. We need to start seeing off games and avoid these late goals. The positive is that we were able to score 3 goals through the run of play.

    • Truth - Seleniko Twikale says:

      Gentlemen please, this is what we need to brush aside there is no such thing as a weak team. I believe this is the same mentallity that made Chipolopolo lose against Botswana. We as supporters should start taking each and every opponent seriously, this kind of mentallity of grading our oppenents should stop. Niger is not a spooky team they are a formidable team, made of quality players who scored against Zambia so what the Coach and technical team need to do is to try and find a winning team and formula, that will deliver during the CHAN competitions.

  3. George says:

    Am very interested to work

  4. Godfrey Kaniki Chilufya says:

    That is the truth no team is a weak team these days.
    What comes to mind is that the defense didn’t do it’s work.
    The scorers scored but the defenders leaked in goals and is very unfortunate indeed…
    Hope the coach has that covered already.

  5. Everisto mwaleeveristo493@gmail.com says:

    The game is not won before the last whistle but at the final whistle that’s when you relax. These guys lost it because they thought they had already won leading by two goals 15 minutes before the end of the game, made them start dozing on duty. You have to be alert until the final whistle

  6. chileshe bwembya says:

    Just dont put your money on Zambia. If you

  7. Gilbert says:

    What happened to Rodger Kola

  8. Mr. Sikayomya Manyando says:

    Zambia is a good side but it’s not right to take other teams as under dogs. Zambia’s defense became complaisant because they were ahead by 3 goals.
    The Technical Bench should change the psychological approach of the game.
    Maintain the same players

  9. Aubrey says:

    Honestly the current zambia national team is discouraging, i will never put my money on them

  10. Aubrey says:

    Micho even when he was at Pirates, his defense was very porous, though Pirates were scoring a lot of goals, he must start paying more attention to his defense, it is even better to win by a single goal as long as the defense is compact.

  11. Sibs says:

    I agree with @Truth Seleniko. These days they are no weak teams. The game of soccer has evolved over the years. We see teams like Madagascar, Sierra Leon, Namibia… shocking the so called bigger teams.
    The Coaching staff need to psyche our boys to close out games when leading and play every game like its a final. That’s the mentality of great teams.

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