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Chipolopolo douse Flames

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Chipolopolo celebrate Mtonga's goal

Chipolopolo celebrate Mtonga’s goal

First half goals from Christopher Munthali and Kondwani Mtonga gave Zambia a deserved 2-0 victory over neighbours Malawi in an international friendly match played at a fully packed Nkoloma stadium in Lusaka this afternoon.

The match was also watched by several government officials led by Sports Minister, Vincent Mwale.

The Chipolopolo started the game brightly and could have had a couple of goals early on but for the profligacy of Skipper Rainford Kalaba and young striker Patson Daka.

Zambia continued to press forward and finally took the lead in the  34 th minute when Kalaba’s corner was flicked on at the near post by Daka to give defender Chris Munthali the easiest of tap-ins.

Zambia extended the lead four minutes later when towering midfielder Mtonga nodded in Kalaba’s brilliant set-piece.

The Chipolopolo were threatening to run riot and almost made it three on the stroke of half time when a swift counter attack ended in Kalaba firing wide.

The second half saw Honour Janza’s men dominate as the visiting Flames failed to trouble home goalkeeper Danny Munyao.

The Chipolopolo saw out the remainder of the match comfortably to record their first victory over the Flames since 2006.

And speaking after the match, Chipolopolo coach, Honour Janza called on his players not to be complacent with this afternoon’s victory over Malawi, saying the victory should however build momentum in the players ahead of the COSAFA tournament and Africa cup qualifiers later this year.

Janza is however pleased that the team played according to his philosophy of “high pressing” which yielded two goals in the second half.Asked if he was not worried that the two goals were not from strikers, Janza said there is no cause for alarm especially that the team was playing in unison and according to the instructions given.

“Even defenders are players; I have seen the world Cup being won by a goal scored by a defender. What is important is that the team is operating as one” Janza emphasised.

Meanwhile Janza has expressed happiness at the way the team is jellying. The Chipolopolo trainer is particularly happy that the young, the new and the old are beginning to understand each other on the pitch, “which is a good sign that the team is progressing” He has singled out the Nchanga Rangers striker, Patson Daka as a promising player for the future.

And Jack Chamangwana, the assistant coach for Malawi says his boys put in their best but could not match Zambia’s experience. He is however confident that the lesson learnt from this afternoon’s game will help his side with the preparations for the May 17-31 COSAFA tournament which will be held in South Africa.

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