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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