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Zambia see off stubborn Botswana to progress in CHAN qualifiers

The Zambia national soccer team twice came from behind to beat visiting Botswana 3 – 2 in a nerve-wracking 2020 African Nations Championship second leg qualifier played at Heroes Stadium.

The hard-fought win sealed Zambia’s qualification to the final round of the qualifiers thanks to goals scored by Emmanuel Chabula, Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba and substitute Bruce Musakanya.

Zambia came into the match needing an outright win to qualify to the next round having settled for a goalless in the first leg away in Francis Town.

Coach Aggrey Chiyangi made two changes to the team that started the goalless draw. Larry Bwalya started in the place of the injured Jack Chirwa to partner fellow Power Dynamos midfielder, Benson Sakala. Nkwazi forward Emmanuel Chabula was handed a starting berth with Chitiya Mususu dropping to the bench.

Botswana started the match full of confidence with Mothusi Cooper continuing were left off last weekend with his beautiful link-up play. The Zebras drew first blood through Omatlaa Kebatho in the 13th minute to put Botswana in the lead.

The lead was however short-lived as Emmanuel Chabula leveled matters five minutes later. Zambia looked a bit more organized than in the first leg with Larry Bwalya, Kelvin Mubanga and Chabula linking up well in looking to open up the Zebras defense.

Segolane Boy put the Zebras back in the lead in the 23rd minute following a mixup between Sebastian Mwange and Simon Silwimba. With only seconds to go to half time, Kelvin Mubanga produced a beautiful moment with a well-taken free-kick to make sure the two teams went to the break level.

In the second stanza, Botswana came back with the same intent and was creating chances looking to unlock the Zambia defense. Coach Aggrey Chiyangi made his first substitution in the 66th minute withdrawing Enerst Mbewe and introducing Red Arrows captain Bruce Musakanya.

Musakanya only took four minutes on the field to make his impact as he slotted home from close range after benefiting from a Kelvin Mubanga deflected the shot.

Mwange produced some brilliant saves in the dying minutes to deny the Zebras as the Copper Bullets survived a nerve ending to the match to win 3-2 on aggregate and progress to the final round of qualification.

Zambia will face either Angola or Eswatini in the final round of qualification for a place at next years CHAN tournament.

Zambia 3-2 Botswana

(E. Chabula 15′ K. Mubanga 45+2′, B.Musakanya 70’|Omatlaa Kebatho 13′, Segolane Boy 23′)


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10 Comments to Zambia see off stubborn Botswana to progress in CHAN qualifiers

  1. Humphrey Lupele says:

    Congrats chipolopolo

  2. Nostra says:

    Don’t know why you don’t believe that Bruce Musakanya is best player in Zambian league or best Zambian player?

    • Madalitso M. Phiri says:

      Nostras, if your concern is to see Chipolopolo progress, us soccer fans should desist from comments which may make players feel bigger than the team and become difficult to manage. These are the same comments which have affected Fashion Sakala to this date. The boy is a shadow of himself. To both Bruce Musakanya and Fashion Sakala, I love you. Keep working at your game. Respect your coaches decisions and respect your teams!

  3. Fanatic says:

    Nerve-wracking game indeed.the Tswanas were walking in the Zambian eighteen area at will. Ironically, defense was Zambia’s weakest department when it was the strongest in the first leg

    • Madalitso M. Phiri says:

      I loved the nerve wracking bit. That’s material which builds champions! Qualifying should be a walk in the park. In the years Chipolopolo was at it highest, we used to face North African teams during qualifiers. It makes every one sit up! Come on Algreria!

  4. Madalitso M. Phiri says:

    MY HEARTFLET CONGRATULATIONS TO AGREY CHIYANGI AND HIS TECHNICAL BENCH. For, me for the first time in a long time, this ceased to be a football much, it became spiritual. Especially when an infamous prophet profe-lied that Zambia would be knocked out and would never win any major tournament. I was like what, game changer this. I was conforted because Aggrey Chiyangi even from his days as a playaer at Power Dynamos, he is a prayerful man. I couldn’t help but believe in “Musindisi’s philosophy”; BOLA NA LESA! The unconverted Bembas say, “wafwa na panga!” I just applied basic faith and looked to God. No fasting, or anything, but just believed God to help Chiyangi and his team to get it right!
    If I had my own way, and if I had the means, I would do what “Old man KK” would do after such heroic achievements, take the boys for an expensive dinner!

  5. Madalitso M. Phiri says:

    TO MY COLEAGUES IN FOOTBALL MANAGEMENT AT FOOTBALL HOUSE. How many times should be I be saying give the Head Coach position to a our own Zambian coaches. The Zebras were clear in intent both by word and on the pitch what the really intended to do. Our own, showed us both how to qualify, apply themselves to the situation and the boys also played with a swag to the delight of the soccer fans! What more do you wan? In management, you build on your successes progressively. In sociology and team building whenever, you change a leader in a group of people, it means you start all over again. Look at this, from George, to Wada, to Chambeshi, to Vader…ujeni, to Chiyangi. Now we don’t even know what next? How long did late Samuel “Zoom” Ndhlovu (MHSRIP) stay as head coach? Which one of your so called foreign coaches have given us the value “Zoom” left behind? All I am saying is the benefits are more when we support local, not recklessly, but intelligently. Amano ma mbulwa, “Chibemba icho bane”.

  6. Slim says:

    This Chiyangi is also a big joker! The boys that have been sidelined won him the match: Larry,Kampamba and Musakanya. Let’s scout for a new and visionary coach

  7. Kasama Boy says:

    We are playing Eswatini in the next round.They beat Angola 2-1 and go through to meet us.
    So let’s start planing for them right now.

  8. Fanatic says:

    Ba Slim the coach has done well so far, but there’s need for improvement, it’s work in progress..at least he’s called them(some players).in fact I now understand why he’s been using two defensive midfielders. Kampamba and Musakanya did well, but Larry for me didn’t offer much defensive cover.. I’m sure the coach will work on the weaknesses

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