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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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11 Comments to ZamFoot Crew player rater: Zambia 0-1 Ivory Coast

  1. Sibs says:

    Thanks ZamFoot.

    First of all i wan to Congratulate our brothers from South Africa for making it the Semi Finals. They deserved to go through.

    When i look at the RSA side their top players Luther Sing and Kyle Foster brilliant players by the way are all on loan after not making the Grade at their respective clubs. Luther is at Braga in Portugal loaned to Moreirense and Foster Loaned to Kalusha’s 1st club in Europe Cercle Brugge. Meanwhile Zambia’s two top players Patson and Mwepu are playing Champions League football rubbing shoulders with the like of Salah, Mane, Coulibally, Mertens. They playing week in and out for RBS. Yet we failed to register a single win at Afcon U23? RSA for me are better coached and organised than us who seem to have had a better team on paper. We took all the players who won us U20 whether they have progressed from U20 to the next level. Mean whiled they other better players pout their that we left out. Emmanuel Banda a good but he has hardly played any soccer they last 9 months. He always on the bench. Mangani Banda, Mayembe as Zmfoot has said these boys don’t play any ball. The Coach was busy telling us he choose players on merit. What Merit? The man failed these boys he has brought up from U20. He could not read the game whiles the other Coaches did their home work ever time they played us.

    I dont want to say much. FAZ also very disappointing. Its a FACT for years local Coaches have faourites when it comes to player selection. You never heard this from Herve Renard. We had an opportunity to take a team to the Olympics and show case Zambian football but we messed up. It hurts!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Apologies for a few typo errors…

  3. Sibs says:

    Apologies for a few typo errors.. Yaba this hurts.

  4. I talked about Chabula and some defenders but Chambeshi and Co. are very stubborn indeed they are to blame for the U23’s dismal performance as we have a lot of u23 quality players but one cannot understand their selection criteria. I feel Perry Mutapa is better than Chambeshi.

  5. Sibs says:

    Truth Seleniko I fully agree with you. So many players who could made a huge difference to the team left out.

  6. Chambeshi made us fail to qualify. His team selection was very very bad. 3/4 of his team are bench warmers at their respective clubs. How can he leave chabula sure????????

  7. Chabula is a deadly striker in our local league. I am sure chiyangi will rope him in against Zimbabwe since Daka and mwepu are not coming.

  8. Awe Ba Chambeshi naine na posa mo itaulo. Imagine that Nyondo he selected is a bench warmer at Nkana a club Chambeshi is coaching. Amazing

  9. FAZ should appoint a coach to be responsible for under17/20/23 teams on full time basis. The coach should not be attached to any club

    FAZ should appoint a coach to be responsible for under17/20/23 teams on full time basis. The coach should not be attached to a Club

    At senior level we need an a qualified and independent coach as well as Assistants. Give these guys contracts period. This thing of relying on club coaches is an issue

    I rest my case

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