Match Report: Uganda 8 Zambia 9

Match Report: Uganda 8 Zambia 9

Reigning Africa champions Zambia have beaten Uganda in a 17-goal nail-biting thriller that ended in penalties at Namboole Stadium to continue defense of their title upon advancing to next year’s Africa Nations Cup finals in South Africa.

In a do-or-die fierce second-leg encounter, Coach Bobby Williamson’s men ensured that they sealed the deal from home, ending 34 years of disappointment on the biggest stage of the continent’s football.

Uganda drew first blood 25 minutes into a game that had started in a lackluster fashion but later gained momentum and tempo.

An in-swinger from a Godfrey Walusimbi free-kick overwhelmed Zambia’s Sunzu and landed on an unmarked Geoffrey Massa who adjusted his footing instinctively and slammed the ball past a beaten Kennedy Mweene from six yards out.

The goal brought the aggregate score level to 1-1, with a nightmare of a decider on penalties looming in the distant, if no more goals would be scored by 90 minutes of normal play.

With the nature of reputation Cranes enjoy at home, they looked a more determined and more organized side in the first half of the game, always looking hungrier to penetrate the visitors’ defense.

Clearly, there was more to say about the Cranes in the first half than the African champions.

The hosts started off with tighter ball possession, with Walusimbi failing to find a good run by Brian Umony early into the game.

Another early lob from Moses Oloya had looked dangerous but did little harm to keeper Cheene.

Of the two goal stoppers on either end of the pitch, Cheene was busier, courtesy of a long-ball strategy by the Cranes midfielders directed towards the Zambian backline.

Twenty minutes into the game, a ball bounced off a Zambian defender, landing on Tonny Mawejje who blasted his way into the box, but his final low cross failing to connect to goal-scorer Massa.

The Chipolopolo continued to look ever sloppy – and cautious – in their play, allowing their opponents to rule the business on the pitch under an envelope of deafening sounds from the fans in the 42-seater stadium.

And 25 minutes later the visitors had to pay for their laxity with a superb Massa strike ensuring that Cranes go a goal ahead on a hot Saturday evening in Kampala.

The strike immediately got the Zambians up and running, eventually getting them on the ball more than they had started.

The southern Africans launched a dangerous attack down on the right flank where Lungu and Mayuka played a quick one-two but stopped short in their tracks by Simeon Masaba.

The second half of the game ushered in a much more awakened Zambian side, who started off by knocking heavily on the door of the Cranes defense.

Coach Hervé Renard’s men showed plenty of determination from the very start of the second half way into the end of the 45 minutes.

The Zambians clearly showed more energy, with heart-stopping attacks every once in a while. Ugandan goal-keeper, Dennis Onyango did not do much this afternoon though.  His counterpart of the other end – Cheene – looked the busier one.

Despite the re-energized spirit into the visitors’ side, Algerian referee, Djamel Hamoudi blew an end to normal time of play straight into the dreaded penalty decider of the game.

Penalties (In order of shooting)

Zam: Christopher Katongo  (misses) – Keeper Onyango grabs it
Uga: Godfrey Walusimbi ( scores)
Zam: Emmanuel Mayuka ( scores)
Uga: Andy Mwesigwa (misses) – hits bar
Zam:  Chansa (scores)
Uga: Simeon Masaba  (scores)
Zam: Sinkala (scores)
Uga: Dennis Onyango (scores)
Zam: Kennedy Mweene (scores)
Uga:  Emmanuel Okwi (scores)
Zam: Felix Katongo (scores)
Uga: Hamis Kiiza (scores)
Zam: Sakwaha (scores)
Uga: Tonny Mawejje (scores)
Zam: Kampamba (scores)
Uga: Moses Oloya (scores)
Zam: Nkausu (scores)
Uga: Kizito (scores)
Zam: Sanzu (scores)
Uga: Ochan (misses) – Mweene stops it

Zambia wins on a goal aggregate of 9-8. Uganda eliminated



39 Responses to "Match Report: Uganda 8 Zambia 9"

  1. zuu   October 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    feels gud that a tonga has served the day: go mweene go!

  2. ayoba   October 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks chipolopolo for making us proud.

  3. atm   October 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    That was a deliberate miss by Katongo otherwise no one would have scored. Janet hello sweetie.

  4. DmAn   October 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Bravo chipolopolo

  5. Harve Renar   October 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Mwapulumuka chabbe. Nilesa twafwe.

  6. Wemfula Isa Isa   October 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    In Bemba we say BAPUSUKA KWEMPE!!!

  7. Pew   October 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Chi zuu waba ibolo. Why do u owez lyk divertng frm z topic. Why cnt u jst praise z team 4 hvng won, zer iz no need of mentiong tribes here period.

  8. meswin   October 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    @ Zuu please what’s wrong wit u? Football is team work please!! We are all one big Zambian family. Congrats Zambia and I bliv I said it that Zambia will carry the day.

  9. KABWE   October 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    zambia bamwela

  10. Kakoswe   October 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    @Suu waba chilibolo,

  11. Mbesuma   October 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Iwe Chi zuu ulichipuba sana mweene is a Zambian not a tonga when is on national duty

  12. kalulete   October 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm


  13. B oma   October 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    zuu if you have got nothing to contribute better shut yo filthy mouth congratulations chipolopolo boys

  14. tonga hero   October 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm


  15. tonga hero   October 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm


  16. kazy   October 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    kwena kwaliba ifisushi pano calo. congrats zambia

  17. Neither   October 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    @tonga hero humble yo thinkn an respect other people’s trades.

  18. UMUNTU MUTWE   October 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm


  19. tonga hero   October 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    @Neither..lelo siu zagona bcoz the truth hurts u.

  20. Zambian coach   October 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Come on guyz come on..

  21. winer   October 14, 2012 at 6:06 am

    U idiots you should be thankful that a tonga saved the day for zambia. Am hapi coz it shows that tonga are the only normal tribe in zambia and perhaps our cousins from barotseland. Foolish bembaz and nyanjas

  22. chachine ni Lesa   October 14, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Congratulations boys.

  23. Barotse diaspora   October 14, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Sick and tired of penalts this euphoria could remitt heart disorderly and burns to the rhiyx zambians if not rectified by the copperbullet boys. Win the game except penalts. Mixed congrax anyway!

    • CB   October 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      You tongas have no sense. Have you forgetten the likes of Kalusha Bwalya, Charles Musonda, Johnson Bwalya,Beston Chambeshi, Emmanuel Munaile, Joe Bwalya, Efford Chabala(the best goal keeper Zambia will ever produce),Ashos Melu, Fred Mwila, Golden Kazika, Eston Mulenga, Lcky Msiska, Wisdom Chansa, Benjamin Bwalya, Danny Mofya, etc. Who are you tongas? You are still in nursery in football and politics. You are the most tribalistic tribe i have ever seen. Leave Mweene alone because he dosn’t think like you other tongas who are backwards. Why can’t you just shut up if have nothing to say. You say bembas are thieves, who stole 2 billion kwacha and hide at the farm. Be wise. There are a lot Tongas friends who are good but you certain guys are just pathetic. With such comments who can entrust you with the affairs of the country? Gooday

  24. lumwana   October 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

    congrats copperbulet keep it up.

  25. martin petauke   October 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

    i think football is changing it more of the brain than luck,anytime which uses a strategy will win zambia needs to study the games teams which were not there yesterday are wining and tough,there is need to have a good base of young plays who should sit in class analysis the matches and training, the country needs to invest a lot i see that zambia if give enough money and become focus with the right plays built together they can bring the world cup,go round the country pick good players localise the national team so that they are together for a long time and let them have friendlies with Brazil,agentina,chile,spain

  26. IDIOT   October 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Thankyou guys! not an easy task but you did it as a team! thanks for the determination. @zuu you see why tongas are not ready to rule not untill you stop this trible nonsense! idiot idiot idiot zuuuuu!

  27. goe gregoe   October 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

    My Thanx to Ministry of Sport,Zambia Football Association,Coaching Staff, Sponsers,Truely Soccer Fans and a big one to our lads for making US proud as a nation.We are not looking at perfomance but Results. Zambia You will never walk alone in SADC region.
    History will repeat itself if we prepare nicely, 4 months is not a long time lets put our heads together. South Africa there we come as champs.
    Rainford Kalaba(RK) get well soon.
    Time to burry all our differences is not better than this.

  28. Mwana mwila   October 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Is it cheene or mweene? Anyway congrats guys for the victory.

  29. ray-ray   October 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

    mother Zambia at it again…slight win/bad play/sloppy defense/twapusuka/ whatever, say them all,,,its ONLY winners who are remembered at the end of the day! congrats Zambia..

  30. ms mweetwa   October 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

    congrats zambia we are behind you boys

  31. Tulatukana   October 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

    @zuu,tonga hero naci winer,matole yenu mwaba ukununka kuma kala maso yenu mwefisushi.

  32. vantage point   October 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    WINER you are ignorant. There are no ‘nyanjas’ on the planet just like like there are no ‘swahilis’. I told you parents not to send you to that basic school. waona manje!

  33. tonga hero   October 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    @tulatuka‏.‏wanya chika laku baba.the truth is killing yo peace of mind

  34. NDELOLESHA FYE   October 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    THEY ARE — USELESS WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ATI TABALUSAPO KAYA HOW MANY YEARS.ISHINA ATI CRANES NI BA FIKALA SANA THEY WERE UNDERATING US TWABATOBELA UTU MA PLAN BAFIKALA NA RECORD KA BUPUBA.BASUMINE FYE BAFIKALA GO NI GO PERIOD.VIVA COPPER BULLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO ZAMBIA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Zero in   October 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Where tongas are present failure is not an option!

  36. sidney tembo   October 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Is it only me who feels that Christopher Katongo is having a very bad days at the office-playing field. And whats about this rumour going round that everytime Ba Chris score first then, no other Zambian player will score in that match respectively? Ba Captain needs to improve his game otherwise, its time Ba rena benches him.

  37. God's grace   October 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God is upon Zambia. It is time we utilised this moment of grace.

  38. never mind   October 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    if juju is serving us then we shud continue using it coz by the end of the de we celebrate. so i wud say lets appreciate thoz who use juju to serve zambia thanks a lot CRIS skipper for the philosophy u ar using becoz every zambian celebrates including those who hate u.