Zambia’s AFCON hopes in tatters

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Zambia’s hopes of qualifying to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations have been dealt a major blow after they lost 3-2 to Group E leaders Guinea-Bissau in a thrilling match played at the Estadio 24 de Setembro on Saturday.

The result means that the Chipolopolo are stuck on third spot on the group standings with 6 points from five matches played. They must now hope for bottom placed Kenya to beat Congo Brazzaville on Sunday in Nairobi to keep alive their slim chances of qualifying as one of the two best runners-up. A victory for Congo will see Zambia miss out on the continent’s biggest soccer showpiece for the first time in 13 years.

For Guinea-Bissau, the win puts them on the verge of their first ever appearance at an Africa Cup of Nations finals. They will qualify if second placed Congo lose in Kenya.

A Zezinho penalty gave the hosts an early lead before Collins Mbesuma equalised. Arnaud Mendy restored Guinea-Bissau’s lead which they held until the 48th minute, veteran forward Christopher Katongo levelled the match to 2-2. Toni Silva then scored the winner with virtually the last kick of the game.

Zambia host Kenya this September in their final Group E qualifier.

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12 Responses to Zambia’s AFCON hopes in tatters

  1. Esontapo iyi Mr ECL? You will be the next one to be kicked out in August.

    June 4, 2016 at 6:57 pm

  2. With visionless leadership forget,thats how they will lose in august

    June 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm

  3. Lucy na kanyama mafi yenu,,,this is sport mwe tubwa mwe.VOTE ECL

    June 4, 2016 at 8:29 pm

  4. Shows the state of the economy and leadership.

    June 5, 2016 at 3:54 am

  5. Am missing the leadership of great Kalu,nomba twaamba nokushala ku Africa Cup,wat is Kamanga doing

    June 5, 2016 at 7:18 am

  6. Zambia is going to Africa cup if you don’t know ask me,the game is still on Kenya to beat Congo to day 1-0.Kalu’s time is gone

    June 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

  7. Kenya to beat Congo today iam praying to our almighty God.

    June 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm

  8. Iam watching Kenya vs Congo and iam praying for Kenya to beat Congo thank God kenya is up with 2 Congo is 1.Zambia to go for AFCON u like it or not.God is with us.

    June 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  9. Kenya to help Zambia to go for AFCON 2017 by beating Congo 2-1.

    June 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  10. i have no words with is kind of games

    June 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  11. wasting time and money

    June 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  12. Let’s be mature in posting our comments. Sport is a unifying factor regards of our political affiliation. If you have nothing to post, stay mute. By the way, we still have a chance.

    June 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

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