Chipolopolo miss out on second successive Africa Cup appearance

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2012 African champions Zambia failed to qualify for the Afcon finals for the second edition running after losing 1-0 away to Mozambique on Sunday afternoon.

A second half strike by Reginaldo Faife dashed Zambia’s hopes of an appearance in Cameroon next year as they remain rooted to the bottom of Group K on four points.

The Chipolopolo went into the match knowing anything less than three points would condemn them to a second consecutive absence from the tournament they won just six years ago.

However, Sven Vandenbroek’s never looked like winning, putting in a disjointed first half performance in which their only threat on the Mambas goal came in fortuitous circumstances when Simon Silwimba’s intended cross nearly crept under the bar and into the net but for the timely intervention of goalkeeper Leonel Pendula.

Zambia failed to improve in the second half and were duly punished when Faife struck in the 63rd minute after the visiting defense had failed to clear their lines.

The goal forced Vandenbroek into a double substitution four minutes later, throwing in Rainford Kalaba and Cletus Chama for Augustine Mulenga and Emmanuel Banda.

The changes breathed some life into the Chipolopolo’s play but the home side saw out the remainder of the match in relative comfort to complete a historic double over their more illustrious neighbours.

Mozambique must now win in Bissau next March to qualify. Namibia on the other hand will qualify even if they lose to Zambia provided results in Bissau go their way.

 

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One Response to Chipolopolo miss out on second successive Africa Cup appearance

  1. Historians will tell you that this is the first time that Mozambique has ever reigned supreme over Zambia. The first draw of blood was in June when Zambia lost one-nil to Mozambique in Ndola. Followed by this latest similar margin. It must be painful to our boys to be the first to lose to Mozambique. The first loss was painful enough, but the second is simply unimaginable.

    This tells me one thing, you cannot swim in glory based on the past. While some teams have progressed in their game, ours has regressed. Fifteen to twenty years ago, Zambia was such a football power house that no team in Southern and Eastern Africa was a match. But today, Lesotho, eSwatini, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, etc are no longer the whipping boys we used to know. This to me is a positive development which we should have taken advantage of to up our game.

    M.M.
    November 19, 2018 at 10:17 am
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