CHIPOLOPOLO Boys were in uncompromising mood yesterday when they thrashed determined Malawi 2-0 in an international friendly played Lusaka’s Nkoloma stadium.
Zambia could have gone ahead in the 22nd minute after the team appeared to have settled well and quickly made several attempts at the goal but Kondwani Mtonga and Justine Zulu kept on shooting wide.
This was Honour Janza’s first game after he was declared an under-qualified by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya at the annual general meeting held in March at Mulugushi Rock of Authority in Kabwe.
Malawi kicked off the 10 minutes of the first half on a flaming note with few shots at goal but Zambian keeper Danny Munyao proved was alert to stop the ball.
Zambia gained position and created many chances but goal keeper McDonald Harawa was Malawi’s hero for a while.
However, Zambia broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Christopher Munthali tapped in a cross from skipper Rainford Kalaba to make it 1-0.
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions continued to out play Malawi in all positions.
The first goal obviously ignited Zambia and put more pressure on Malawi and in the 39th minute Kondwani Mtonga converted a free kick taken by Kabaso Chongo.
On resumption, Zambia started the second half in hurry, looking for a third goal with but Kalaba and Njobvu could not find target as they kept shooting wide much to the disappointment of fans.
Zambia commanded the game creating many chances. Striker Jimmy Ndlovu was subtitued for Allan Mukuku after failing to convert clear chances.
In the 70th minute Kabaso Chongo and Justine Zulu were substituted for Joseph Zimba and Nathan Sinkala.But Zambia lost vigor and looked tired.
Zambia was using the match to prepare for the COSAFA Senior Challenge cup which kicks off this Sunday in South Africa.
The friendly was watched by sports minister Vincent Mwale and his deputy Ronald Chitotela, Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya.