THE Chipolopolo national team yesterday proved its critics wrong after Rainford Kalaba, Emmanuel Mayuka and Kennedy Mweene’s spot kick revived the team’s chances of featuring at the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Zambia National Soccer Team now has five points out of four matches from one win, two draws and one loss.
Kalaba opened the score line for the national team on 58 minute before Mayuka added another thrilling goal on 73 minute courtesy of the former.
And Chipolopolo goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene awarded the Zambia National Soccer Team the third goal on 87 minute after Given Singuluma was brought down in Niger’s box.
Chipolopolo, who started on the slow pace in the first half could not convert chances into goals despite, dominating ball possession throughout the first 45 minutes of play which ended scoreless.
Mayuka, Kalaba, Singuluma and Bruce Musakanya attempted to open Chipolopolo’s score line during the first half but could not find the back of the net when Niger’s goalkeeper Rabo Kabara Saminou stopped the lads.
And Red Arrow’s striker Bruce Musakanya created numerous chances for Mayuka but the Southampton striker could not find the net in the 21st minutes after Saminou proved to be a hero.
Kourouma Cisse Mahamane earned himself a yellow card in the 33rd minute after he brought down Zambia’s Charles Zulu
Janza’s selection yielded results with only two changes from his squad when he replaced Charles Zulu for Chisamba Lungu in the 35th minute and Mayuka for Fwayo Tembo in the second half.
Zulu was impressive on his second start for the senior national team as the youngster managed to release and link up effectively with Nyambe Mulenga and later Rainford Kalaba.
There were varied chances for both sides but Chipolopolo proved its capability in the second half which saw Niger coach Ronr Dernot’s plot of upsetting Janza being shuttered.
Niger’s best chance come through Lancina Karim in the 25th minute but was stopped by skipper Sunzu.
Sunzu who was promoted to skipper proved to be fantastic after Felix Katongo was dropped on Monday.
Janza’s starting lineup included goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, Stopilla Sunzu, Emmanuel Mbola, Nyambe Mulenga, Donashano Malama, Nathan Sinkala, Given Singuluma, Emmanuel Mayuka, Charles Zulu, and Rainford Kalaba.
Red Arrow’s goalkeeper Danny Munyao was among Janza’s substitutes together with James Chamanga, Jacob Mulenga, Chisamba Lungu, Ronald Kampamba, Christopher Munthali and clubless Fwayo Tembo.