WINSTON Kalengo’s last kick spot was enough to send Zambia to the Rwanda 2016 CAF African Nations (CHAN) Championship final round qualifiers on 6-5 penalties in a match played at Nkoloma stadium in Lusaka.
Namibia started the match on a high note causing terror in the Zambian defence resulting into corners but failed to find the back of the net.
However, Zambia gained possession of the game commanding the midfield.
Zambia’s Buchizya Mfune missed a clear chance after his shot from Jackson Mwanza’s cross went over the bar.
Zambia opened the score sheet in the 30th minute after Festus Mbewe headed in a cross from Benedict Chepeshi.
However, Namibia equalised in the 45th minute after goal keeper Danny Munyao underrated Benjamen Nenkavu’s curve that safely hit the corner of the net.
Lwandamina made his first substitute when he replaced Saith Sakala for Moses Phiri near half time.
Zambia returned to the second half with full force with several shots at goal.
Kalengo redeemed Zambia from being booted out of the CHAN tournament when he scored a rebound in the 72 minute .
Striker Charles Zulu came in for Mwanza in the 59th minute.
Zambia’s striker Phiri was awarded a yellow card for a fake dive near the penalty box.
Both teams made several blunt shots at goal. The final whistle was blown with the two heading into penalties with a 3-3 aggregate scoreline.
Namibian captain Isaaks Heinrich spot kick hit the woodwork. Kondwani Mtonga took the first penalty kick for Zambia sending Uirab in the wrong direction.
Tjetjiwda Denis converted the second spot kick while Joseph Banda missed.
Zambia’s Mfune, Phiri, Christopher Munthali , Chepeshi and Kalengo converted their spot kicks. Munyao was a hero when he saved Haosab Denzil’s spot kick .
Zambia will now meet Mozambique on October 17 at home and play a return league against the Mamba’s on October 24.