Daka strikes to keep World Cup dream alive

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Patson Daka

The Zambia national team chalked up a historic victory over Algeria to keep their dream of making it to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup alive with Patson Daka scoring the all-important goal in the 66th minute.

Skipper Kennedy Mweene reminded everyone why he remains the safest pair of hands in the country when he bravely stopped Algerian star Riyad Mahrez’s penalty kick in the 16th minute after Kapumbu had been adjudged to have fouled Youcef Atal in the box.

Mahrez who missed the first leg stepped up to take the spot kick but the Zambian number one goal minder dived the right way and kept Zambian hopes alive.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda’s charges bravely fought hard and in the 66th minute Daka rose to the occasion after being set up by Augustine Mulenga to put the ball behind Mbolhi Rais.

The win took Zambia to seven points, three behind leaders Nigeria with the October 7 clash between the two sides standing as a decider.

The loss meant that Algeria joins Cameroun out of the race for 2018 with Zambia and Algeria still in going into the final two matches.

Nyirenda will be happy to have masterminded two victories in four days over the highly rated North Africans that have not lost at home in world cup qualification in 10 years.

15 Responses to Daka strikes to keep World Cup dream alive

  1. This is a job well done by the Chipolopolo. What we need now is to maitain our cool heads and go all the way. We can do it if we remain focussed and believe in ourselves. Bravo to the Chipolopolo; you have done the country proud.

    Questionner
    September 6, 2017 at 7:04 am
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    • Fat chance of beating Nigeria

      Bensky
      September 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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      • Well, it was fat chance against Algeria, wasnt it?

        PM
        September 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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  2. Well done Chipolopolo boys. The Nation is behind you guys.To the coach, please Wada, you have the talent at your disposal but you need to devise a system of play. Otherwise we luck the system as evidenced in both games

    B J
    September 6, 2017 at 7:14 am
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  3. Congratulations boys. However, we complicated our good chances when we lost to Nigeria here at home. If it was not for that, I would have been comfortably saying we have made it. The big task now is to beat Nigeria in their backyard and complete the task by beating Cameroon here in Zambia. While these two outcomes are a possibility, they are nevertheless extremely difficult to achieve unless we plan and prepare exceptionally well.

    In this regard, Zambia needs to start courting quality teams for friendly games immediately. Time is of essence, there is no need to prolong our celebrations for clobbering Algeria.

    M.M.
    September 6, 2017 at 7:29 am
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  4. Nigeria can just have a bad day on their home turf but even if they will have a good day they are stil beatable especially that we now have speed and trickery in young legs.

    Right now am not thinking about qualification for Russia am just enjoying these big wins and hoping we win again. Great entertainment! Great feeling! Great things!

    Jerabo
    September 6, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    • Realism is important, Nigeria is preparing aswell. It will be very very difficult

      Bensky
      September 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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  5. The guys made us happy, I just hope Alex Ngonga and Justin Shonga emprove their game.

    Abraham Mukanda
    September 6, 2017 at 10:08 am
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  6. Nigeria at home? With their current performance it is a mountain to climb but never loose hope

    Ndabeba
    September 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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    • They were beaten at home 2-0 by South Africa and 1-0 by Uganda just this year

      Phiri
      September 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm
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  7. Report properly. There are two more games to play so how can you know now that “the October 7 clash between the two sides standing as a decider.”
    Zambia have to beat both Cameroon and Nigeria to get to Russia. Zambia can also hope Nigeria loses to Algeria

    One Zed One Nation
    September 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm
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  8. Zambia still needs to improve big time on its strike force. Alex, in my view is still not ripe for the big stage. Mulenga must improve his shooting antics as he is equally wasteful before goal. We need tested guys to beef up our frontline. With quality friendly games I trust the defence will gain composure and confidence.

    Edmond
    September 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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  9. Well done Chipolopolo boys. You have kept our world dreams alive. Keep up the good work! Ni bola na Lesa. God bless Zambia!

    James
    September 7, 2017 at 7:51 am
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  10. THIS IS THE IDEAL TIME FOR CHIPOLOPOLO TO GO AND CAMP IN SPAIN ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE THE COMING GAMES AGAINST NIGERIA AND CAMEROON ARE CRUCIAL.

    K
    September 7, 2017 at 11:31 am
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    • Even if they camp in moon, they will be thrashed in Uyo Nigeria

      nijaboy
      September 8, 2017 at 10:19 pm
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