…as goalie Mweene misses penalty
NEWLY appointed national soccer coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina yesterday failed to deliver Zambia as they registered another shocking record of a barren draw against Guinea Bissau in the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
The golden opportunity for Zambia came in the 89th minute after Bissau defender handled the ball which resulted in a penalty for the local side.
Kennedy Mweene’s soft-kick penalty was parried away, sending fans into unbelievable shock. This was the first time Mweene had missed a penalty.
From the kick-off, it was clear that Bissau was looking for a draw hence their defensive tactical approach paid off.
Zambia dominated the first half with several attempts at goal. The Chipolopolo came close to taking an early lead in the 16th minute but Given Singuluma failed to finish off skipper Rainford Kalaba’s cross that landed in Bissau’s goal keeper Jonas Mended.
Three minutes later, Kabaso Chongo dribbled through to the left crossing the ball through to Kalaba but Bissau defenders were quick to intercept the ball and cleared their lines.
The 2012 AFCON champions continued to put pressure on the West African defence with another chance coming in the 27th minute through Chongo’s cross but Kalaba’s header went away from the bar.
Another clear chance came in the 33rd minute when Nathan Sinkala’s shot went over the bar
Zambia’s Sinkala , Chongo and Bissau’s Mamadu Cande receive yellow cards in the first half.
Zambia returned in the second half in full force showing some agency raising the fan’s hopes of getting maximum points.
Patson Daka’s fall in the penalty box in the 50th minute was not good enough for Zambia to be awarded a penalty.
Lwandamina made his substituted enterprising midfielder Allan Mukuka for Lubambo Musonda who immediately made an impact by supplying more balls to the frontline.
Kalaba missed a clear chance in the 69th minute from Musonda’s nicely taken cross.
Daka and Singuluma were substituted for Fwayo Tembo and Chisamba Lungu but still the technical decision could not get Zambia the needed three points. Bissau joined the list of Malawi and Namibia as being among the teams that had shocked Zambia.