The Chipolopolo of Zambia have played a one all tie with the Syli nationale of Guinea, in a group D game at the African Nations championship.
- Zambia welcomed back captain Adrian Chama to their starting XI, after he missed their first game due to accumulated bookings in the qualifiers
- Victor Kantabadouno and Spencer Sautu came off the bench to score for both sides
- The last round of games in group D will decide which teams qualify for the quarter finals
The first big chance of the game went Zambia’s way at the third minute, when goalkeeper Camara Moussa fumbled on a strike from the Zambians, but an on rushing Emmanuel Chabula could direct the ball on target.
Guinea’s Mohammed Kalil Traoré received the first booking of the game at the sixth minute, for elbowing Emmanuel Chabula.
Chabula, Sikombe and Kelvin Kapamba linked up perfectly at the 14th minute, as the latter buried a shot to the back of the net, but was flagged off-side.
A great sequence from the Syli nationale at the 33 minute, saw Green Eagles Goalkeeper, Allan Chibwe stopping Karifala Keita from close range.
Guinea’s Morlaye Sylla and Zambia’s Zachariah Chilongoshi were the next to get into the referee’s black book late in the first half, but it took the vigilance of Goalkeeper Camara Moussa to deal with Kelvin Kapamba’s inswinging free kick, shortly before the break.
THE DECISIVE HALF
Upon resumption for the second segment, coach Mohammed Kanfory Bangoura brought in Victor Kantabadouno and Ismael Camara, in the place of Mohammed Bangoura and Karifala Keita.
On the side of Zambia, Coach Muliton Sredojević brought in Spencer Sautu and took off Amity Shamende.
12 minutes into the second segment, the Syli nationale took the lead, when newcomer, Victor Kantabadouno’s last ditch touch got Goalkeeper Allan Chibwe beaten, after Mohammed Coumbasa’s power strike was deflected goal_ward.
Muliton Sredojević went in for more attacking options, sacrificing Kelvin Kapamba and bringing on Moses Phiri in a purely post for post substitution, and later Bruce Musakanya in the place of Clement Mulashi.
Moses Phiri misses two sitters late on, as the Chipolopolo’s searched for an equalizer.
Spencer Sautu was the man to thank for the Zambians, as he notched home the Equalizer at the 87th minute of the game.
There was no late drama, as both sides shared the spoils. Guinea stays top of the group with four points, same too as Zambia. The last round of games in the group promises to produce fireworks, as Guinea will host Tanzania, while Zambia plays Namibia.