Sports Writer Myssoccer24.com-Cameroon
In a game where Zambia were the favorites on paper, Tanzania had a few moments of brilliance but failed to hold on to the end
Goal from Collins from the penalty spot at the 64min and Emmanual Chabula at the 81 min over powered the Tanzania defense to give Zambia a well deserved victory in Group D opener
Here are our match observations:
A flashy But Disorganized Tanzania Side
Etienne Ndairagiji men were missing a rounded presence in midfield against Zambians. The midfield and defense often looked nervy in possession and were anything but exuding confidence when under pressure from a decent Zambian press.
The Zambian attack on the other hand was far more dangerous than their Tanzania counterpart. The pace of Sikombr and Kampamba proved time and again to be too much for Tanzania high line.
With a total 15 Short created and 6 shots on goal, Zambia was the better attacking side for most of the game before Tanzania upped the pressure towards the end but could not put the ball behind the next. In all, Tanzania created 9 shorts and got 1 shots on target
Too much creativity in the Tanzania squad wasted in the absence of key Striker John Rapheal Bocco
Etienne Ndairagiji fielded a squad without a proper No.9 against Zambia With their key striker John Raphael out with an injury, the Tanzania coach tried to be a little bit creative with his playing XI.
The decision to start Adrian Nchimbi in a false-nine role did not turn out well for the yellow and Black as the hefty possession they enjoyed throughout the game failed to translate into goalscoring opportunities. One of the key reasons for that was the lack of a target player inside the box for their midfielders.
In this creativity-heavy squad, the absence of a finisher like John was felt as the players looked a bit indecisive when in possession in the final third.