ZamFoot Crew rater: Zambia 1-2 Zimbabwe
Zambia national team suffered their second successive loss in their Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers losing 2-1 at the hands of the Warriors of Zimbabwe.
Coach Aggrey Chiyangi and his side were basically below par on the day and failed to get anything out of a game they could have easily won. The ZamFoot Crew now rates the players according to their performance.
Mwenya Chibwe 6/10 – The loss denied him what could have been a good full international debut. He was good with the crosses, pulled off a reflex save off a Billiat effort but was exposed and punished twice
Donashano Malama 2/10 – He had a disastrous start to the game, looking totally off the pace and out of place at right back. He could not deal with anything thrown at him and he left Billiat unmarked in the box for the Zmbabwe opener
Lawrence Chungu 3/10 – He was defending well and providing width on the left. His final ball attack was poor
Kabaso Chongo 4/10 – He had a strong performance at center half. He threw in some last-ditch tackles but he was on the wrong side of Knowledge Musona when the Zim striker received the ball on the counter attack leading up to the winning goal.
Tandi Mwape 5/10 – Calm and collected and formed a good partnership with Kabaso. Steady play.
Nathan Sinkala 6/10 – He could easily be Zambia’s best player on the day. He was anchoring the midfield very well, winning balls in the air and on the ground. He gave Zambia the calmness in midfield but looked vulnerable every time the ran at him with pace
Enock Mwepu 5/10 – He didn’t see the ball enough to dictate and influence play. Not anywhere near his best day.
Augustine Mulenga 3/10 – Showed enthusiasm to run at his marker on the right but it’s hard to remember a successful cross from his runs.
Evans Kangwa 6/10 – It always looked like Zambia would most likely create a goal from his end. He should have been a little selfish to take some opportunities
Justine Shonga 2/10 – Missed a chance created by Kangwa point-blank. Failed to even work the keeper in the 90 minutes he played.
Patson Daka 6/10 – Brilliant solo effort to get Zambia back into the game with a goal. He worked hard and kept the defenders on their toes.
Aggrey Chiyangi (Coach) 2/10
It was clear from the start that Zambia was likely to be caught on a counter-attack but he did nothing to manage that. Mwepu was played in a more advanced role and he failed to complement Sinkala leaving Zambia vulnerable whenever counter attacked. With Mwepu crowded out, Chipolopolo resorted to long balls and he failed to give a plan B.
He pulled out his most effective outlet Kangwa just before the goal and Zambia looked short of ideas as they chased the game.
The two substitutes did not have enough time to be rated.
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