ZamFoot Crew player rater: Zambia 0-1 Ivory Coast
PLAYER RATER: Zambia U23 0-1 Ivory Coast
From the day these boys won the U20 Africa Cup in 2017, Zambians have been dreaming to see them play at the Olympics.
Now from being the best team in Africa, that even reached the World Cup Quarterfinals, they can’t even win a game at AFCON.
And that other team also shipped in five goals yesterday!
The ZamFoot Crew takes a look at how the boys dubbed as Zambia’s symbol of present and future fared against the Ivory Coast.
Bradley Mweene -7/10 – The teenage goalkeeper was roped in after regular Mangani Banda was dropped, and Kennedy Mweene’ s nephew didn’t disappoint.
There was nothing he could have done for the goal he conceded.
The commanding shot-stopper produced a fine save to keep Zambia in the game late on.
Shemmy Mayembe -4/10- Zesco United didn’t offer much going forward when the team needed width.
Questions again will be asked about his inclusion on the team over the likes of Paul Banda. Mayembe has barely kicked a ball for Zesco in the last two years.
Prosper Chiluya -4/10- While Prosper and Kebby Kamanga failed to register an assist in Egypt, his teammate at Kabwe Warriors Zacharia Chilongoshi did just that a week ago against Namibia on his senior debut.
Solomon Sakala – 5/10 – Capt Solo tried to about his defensive duties against the West Africans. Another player who has been warming the bench at Zesco United.
Moses Nyondo -6/10- He did well but Ivory Coast rarely threatened after they scored. Lacking game time at Nkana
Ngosa Sunzu – 6.5 – The Buildcon man has been Zambia’s stand out player at the tournament. Again on Friday, he dug deep to try to make things work.
He should on his way to Europe in January.
Field Kandela -5/10 – drafted in to protect the back four alongside Ngosa, the Kabwe Warriors man did his job but offered less going forward.
A few minutes after he was replaced by the more attacking Emmanuel Banda, Ivory Coast scored the winner.
Enock Mwepu -6/10- He was Zambia’s biggest threat on the night. He had a 25-yard left-footed shot parried off by the Ivorian goalkeeper.
Harrison Chisala – 4/10- The Nkana man didn’t offer any threat going forward after he was handed his first start at the tournament. He just returned from a knee injury having missed the second half of last season.
Lameck Banda-4.5- Returned to starting line up for the injured Fashion Sakala but again he showed how raw he is.
Another boy lacking game time at Arsenal Tula having started well in Russia.
Patson Daka – 5/10- Featuring at his second CAF U23 AFCON tourney, the Kafue native was starved off supply in the final third.
He scored Zambia’s only goal at the tournament.
Klings Kangwa – 4/10- Was deployed wide on the right-wing when he came on but maybe Beston Chambeshi should have left him in the middle of the pack when the Ivorians packed the bus.
Another player struggling for game time in Russia.
Emmanuel Banda-4/10- Things just didn’t click for ‘Ba Emma’ in Egypt. Lack of game time in Belgium could have contributed.
Edward Chilufya -4/10- Where has the ‘Tiger’ gone?
Since 2017, the Kasama native has failed to progress. He was such a deadly finisher in 2 years old but that killer instinct is no more.
It’s time for the Zambian Pedro or Muller to rekindle his shooting boots.
Beston Chambeshi- 3/10- Nkwazi striker Emmanuel Chabula is 21 years old. And guess what he has scored 7 goals for Zambia this year including two braces!!!
Tenant Chilumba, Kabwe Warriors coach, who is one of Chambeshi’s assistants in Egypt prefers Chilongoshi over Chiluya but the first choice was left at home.
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