Chipolopolo edge Sudan

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Winston Kalengo

Winston Kalengo

Winston Kalengo’s first half goal was enough to hand the Chipolopolo all three points against Sudan in the Russia 2018 World Cup second round first leg encounter played at Marewa Stadium in Karima.


The Zesco United striker slotted home the winner in the 27th minute after capitalising on a mix-up between the Sudanese goalkeeper and defender.


The game begun at a frenetic pace with both sides looking to take an early advantage.


Sudan dominated possession in the first half with direct, long balls being played up and down a patchy and dusty surface but the Chipolopolo looked the likeliest to score as they forced a series of corners in the opening exchanges.


The only goal of the match arrived in the 27th minute through Kalengo. Winger Lubambo Musonda’s lofted pass into the Sudanese penalty area caused confusion between goalkeeper Akram El Hadi and defender Ramadan Agab allowing the well place Kalengo to fire into an empty net.


Musonda almost made extended the lead three minutes later when his vicious volley struck the crossbar with keeper El Hadi well beaten.


Sudan were quick off the mark in the second half as they pressed for an equaliser and almost got it when Bakri found space and got his shot on target only for Mweene to save brilliantly.


The condition of the pitch did not make it easy for Zambia and there were some heavy challenges with Kabaso Chongo bearing the brunt. Coach Lwandamina was forced to withdraw Chongo for Donashano Malama ten minutes after the restart.


The condition of the pitch meant that Zambia played long defensive balls. Buchizya Mfune, Nathan Sinkala and Paul Katema were shown yellow cards for Zambia while it was Faris Abdullah who received a yellow card for the hosts.


Rainford Kalaba was replaced by Spencer Sautu with eight minutes remaining on the clock.


Kalengo almost scored a second goal in the 88th minute but he fired his effort wide of target when scoring seemed easier.


The second leg is scheduled for Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday, November 15.


The winner of this tie will progress to the third round where 20 teams will be divided into five groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches.


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