African champions Zambia this afternoon lost 1-0 to Tanzania in an AFCON13 preparatory match.
Zambia lost the second match in a role after they were beaten by the Taifa stars in Tanzania 1 – 0 as they followed up another loss to Saudi Arabia last month.
Zambia started the match on the front foot with Chamanga hitting the upright and Chris failing to convert the rebound but quickly lost their pace as the home team started to dominate in midfield with quick counter attacks which the Zambian midfield and defence was failing to cope with especially with the pace of Ngasa as Tanzania replied with a header off the bar.
Chisamba Lungu had a tough time to keep up with the runners in his left back position but it was veteran Chintu Kampamba who was being out paced in the centre of defence with Hichani having had to bail him out on some occassions.
Tanzania’s counter attacks finally paid off in the last minute after Chintu gave Ngansa space to run towards the box to shoot home for a goal.
Herev Renard rang changes in the second half which saw Stopilla Sunzu come in for Hichani, Kasonde for Nathan, Mukuka Mulenga for Isaac Chansa, Evans Kangwa for Chris Katongo and Tindi Mwanza forChamanga which allowed player if the day Rodrick Kabwe push up from a left back position which he handled well.
2nd Half after Chamanga was replaced by Tindi Mwanza
Rodrick——————–Mukuka Mulenga————————-Felix Katongo
——————-Mr. Reliable————-Shadreck Malambo——
Note: Kampamba Chintu got injured and Francis ‘Mr Reliable’ Kasonde dropped to partner Sunzu in defence and Felix played a more free role and Chisamba accounted for himself well as a marauding full back. After the six substitutes were utilised Zambia finished with a man down Chintu was withdrawn.
Sunzu finished the match wearing the armband.
The changes only stabilised Zambia’s play but they failed to convert chances despite some beautiful play on both flanks with Felix missing a point blank chance moments after he was denied a genuine penalty appeal.
Zambia starting line-up;
Danny Munyau – Chisamba Lungu, Hichani Hominde, Chintu Kampamba,Rodrick Kabwe- Moses Phiri, Nathan Sinkala, Isaac Chansa, Felix Katongo,James Chamanga, Chris Katongo (C)