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Zambia salvage some pride after Daka brace sinks already qualified Zimbabwe

2021 Africa Cup Qualifier: Zimbabwe 0 – 2 Zambia (Patson Daka 22′ 90′)

The Zambia national soccer team salvaged some pride after failing to qualify to the 2021 Cameroon Africa Cup finals by beating perennial rivals Zimbabwe 2 – 0  thanks to a brace by Patson Daka.

It was a dead-rubber match but with the humiliation of failing to pick one of the two available slots in the group at the expense of Zimbabwe, coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević named a more attack minded starting XI.

He made five changes to the team that drew 3 – 3 with African Champions and among those on the casualty list was skipper of the side Kabaso Chongo who was joined by 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner Nathan Sinkala, striker Augustine Mulenga, defender Luka Banda and South Africa based Ghampani Lungu.

At the start, Zimbabwe were looking the more threatening in the final third and Mwenya Chibwe in the Zambia goal had to be sharp to keep them out in the opening quarter of an hour.

However, Zambia was retaining possession better and probing more and their efforts paid off when Enock Mwepu guided a Benedict Chepeshi ball forward into the path of Daka who reacted superbly to get ahead of the defender and shoot past the keeper.

Zambia were the better side in the first half and they continued looking dangerous after the restart. The high press was causing Zimbabwe problems and the Chipolopolo created three good chances in the opening five minutes of the second half.

The best of them saw Daka and Clatous Chama combine to release Mwepu who went one on one with the keeper but he guided his shot wide despite the keeper having already dived the wrong way in the 49th minute.

Allan Chibwe who came in at half time for Mwenya Chibwe in goal was hardly trouble despite the frantic efforts by the Warriors to get an equalizers.

With the hosts pressing for an equalizer, the Austria based Redbull Salzburg duo combined again in injury time for the second goal when Mwepu found space on the right to square the ball for the red hot and highly sort after striker Daka who finished for his second at the back post.

This was Daka’s 5th goal in three games played in the qualifiers. He ends on top of the goal scorers charts for the qualifiers.

In the other group match, Algeria humiliated Botswana 5 – 0 as the African Champions maintained their unbeaten run in the qualifiers.

The result sees Algeria top group H with 14 points, Zimbabwe 8 points, Zambia end on 7 points while Botswana are rock bottom on 4 points after six rounds of matches.

ZAMBIA XI

1. Mwenya Chibwe (Allan Chibwe), 3. Benedict Chepeshi, 4. Adrian Chama (c), 5. Thandi Mwape, 13. Roderick Kabwe, 6. Benson Sakala, 7. Rally Bwalya (Paul Katema), 8. Lubambo Musonda (Ghampani Lungu), 20. Patson Daka, 11. Enock Mwepu (Amity Shamenda), 17. Clatous Chama (Spencer Sautu)
UNUSED SUBSTITUTES
16. Lameck Siame, 14. Kabaso Chongo, 23. Dominic Chanda, 12. Moses Phiri, Collins Sikombe,
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18 Comments to Zambia salvage some pride after Daka brace sinks already qualified Zimbabwe

  1. Boy says:

    Plz ba zamfoot push faz to call Frankie musonda who plays for raith rovers in Scotland championship they are 2nd on the log born in uk with zambian roots n guus til born in zambia has played for dutch national team once we need these 2 for for national team duty we need a strong team if we have to qualify for world cup..

  2. Boyboy says:

    Plz ba zamfoot push faz to call Frankie musonda who plays for raith rovers in Scotland championship they are 2nd on the log born in uk with zambian roots n guus til born in zambia has played for dutch national team once we need these 2 for for national team duty we need a strong team if we have to qualify for world cup..

  3. Princd says:

    We also have the former Africa Cup under 20 winning captain playing in the top Ukrainian league; Shemmy Mayembe…never called, never given a chance..,

  4. Nkani says:

    Don’t push these things. You know those boys would rather play for a European team than Zambia.

  5. Bolor says:

    Stop dreaming, you people can’t even qualify for common afcon in an easy group but want to go to world cup. Leave the world cup for the west Africans to represent Africa well. Zambia at world cup will not go past group stage

  6. Boy says:

    @ nkani they better than what we got currently frankie is waiting for zambian callup as for the other guus he has played with klings n spoken abit of bemba with him u cn Google it if called up our team will be beefed up n ready for world cup dont be foolish thinking kabaso n co defense can take you to the world cup..

  7. Anon says:

    You can never qualify. Bushiri is still angry with you.

  8. David KABOBO says:

    It takes a coach at least 3years, so give much I time you will see what Zambia will be

  9. Slim says:

    Dakaaaaaaaaa! My my my this boy is gonna be very good.

  10. Slim says:

    Guus Til is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for SC Freiburg, on loan from Spartak Moscow. Wikipedia
    Born: December 22, 1997 (age 23 years), Samfya
    Nationality: Dutch
    Height: 1.86 m
    Weight: 79 kg
    Dates joined: 2020 (SC Freiburg), 2019 (FC Spartak Moscow); Faz the ball is in your court!

  11. Slim says:

    Frankie Chisenga Musonda is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Scottish Championship club Raith Rovers. Wikipedia
    Born: December 12, 1997 (age 23 years), Bedford, United Kingdom
    Height: 1.83 m
    Nationality: English
    Weight: 71 kg
    Current team: Raith Rovers F.C. (#14 / Defender). Faz and Kamanga the ball is in your court. It is suprising how west Africans push for players in Europe with roots in their countries to play for them! But Zambia is like still sleeping! Fifa have new rules over such matters, which has made it easier to feature European based players. LETS WAKE UP GENTS.

    • Chali says:

      Ba FAZ naba Coach follow up on these links. If the guys are willing to play for Zambia, why not?? It opens up a different dimension. Infuse them with what we have, and bingo Zambia is at the world cup

  12. ck says:

    The partnership between Adrian and Mwape has always worked due to their different qualities. Mwape is physical, good for manmarking, while Adrian is highly mobile. Chama has one weakness though, he panics alot during home games but plays well away games.

  13. Konde says:

    Second string Zimbabwe side which rested all their first team players. You celebrate that nonsense.

  14. Frederick Chinyama says:

    Get it from me, Zambia will never qualify as long as two and half provinces are put together and called Zambia national team, A nation carry the blessings of all provices, making a team with wisdom is required, get it or leave it, thank you.

  15. Frederick Chinyama says:

    It is wrong to call two and half provinces as Zambia national team. Find some other name.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Chama is slow at the back. He needs to improve his speed and learn not to panic. I am happy to hear Chepeshi played in Zimbabwe. He has pace reasonably efficient. He can be developed

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