Patson Daka guns down Guinea

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Patson Daka’s lone strike ensured that Zambia kicked off their Total CAF Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with 1-0 win over Guinea in a match played at a packed Heroes Stadium in Lusaka today.

The Austria-based forward finnished off a brilliant through ball from substitute Emmanuel Banda in the 48th minute to hand Beston Chambeshi’s side the three points.

The Junior Chipolopolo would have won the game by a bigger margin but for poor officiating, with the hosts denied two legitimate goals by the offside flag.

The hosts started with what looked like a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Enock Mwepu partnering Boyd Musonda in midfield, Fashion Sakala and Edward Chilufya either side of Conlyde Luchanga, while Daka took up the number 10 role.

Zambia thought they had won an early free kick in the second minute when Daka was brought down on the edge of the Guinean penalty area Mohamed Camara but referee Juste Zio waved play on.

Both sides struggled for fluency in the opening exchanges but the hosts settled down quicker, with Musonda had putting Daka through on goal in the 11th minute but the Liefering striker was waved offside.

Mwepu then came close for Zambia in the 21st minute, planting a free header narrowly wide following a corner by Conlyde Luchanga.

The Guineans almost took the lead in the 33rd minute when catching Zambia on a blistering counter attack but Bangoura contrived to shoot over the bar with only Mangani Bandai left to beat.

Chilufya was giving the Guinea defense all kinds of problems with his pace and direct approach and he thought he had given the Junior Chipolopolo the lead when firing home from close range but his goal was disallowed for offside. Replays, however, showed that the winger was onside when receiving Musonda’s pass.

Two minutes Before halftime, Chambeshi decided he had seen enough, hooking off the underwhelming Luchanga and replacing him with Portugal-based midfielder Emmanuel Banda, who slotted into the number 10 role while Daka move further forward.

Zambia went on the offensive immediately after the restart with substitute Banda seeing a diving header go agonizingly wide, before the deadlock was broken two minutes later.

Banda picked up a loose ball before playing a precise through ball into the path of man-of-the-match Daka who advanced on goal and coolly slotted past Camara.

Guinea almost leveled the scores immediately after, but Mangani had to be at full stretch to tip away a goal-bound header from Ibrahim Sala.

With the pitch sodden following a downpour, the play slowed down from both sides. However, the hosts thought they had increased their lead when the outstanding Chilufya lost his marker in the box before planting a diving header into the bottom corner but his celebrations were once again cut short by an incorrect offside call.

Zambia next meets Mali on Wednesday while Guinea will face Egypt.




3 Responses to Patson Daka guns down Guinea

  1. I also that second disallowed goal was definately not offside even to layman

    February 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm

  2. This is one of the things I have mentioned many time that West African referees have been very poor officiating for a long time and they seem to be at easy! I am not sure if there is any working technical committee that looks at the performance of the referees. These referees were not the best on that game, very poor!

    February 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

  3. Congrats boys. Shame them all the way by scoring more goals. I thought the boys missed so many sitters in the box. They need to ‘sharpen’ their legs. Otherwise, a job well done. I believe first games and partisan crowds can be enough to intimidate.

    February 27, 2017 at 9:40 am

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