ZAMBIA is a leg away from qualifying to the Rwanda 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after they thumped Mozambique 3-0 in a match played at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium yesterday.
Goals from in-form Winston Kalengo, young promising striker Conlyde Luchanga and Spenser Sautu in the second half was enough to prevent the Mamba’s from halting Zambia’s winning history over them.
Chipolopolo patron President Edgar Lungu could not hide his happiness by standing up to give the boys a presidential cheer.
Zambia controlled the first ten minutes of the match with Festus Mbewe and Charles Zulu searching for an opener.
The Chipolopolo Boys could have taken a lead in the seventh minute, but Zulu’s header was saved by Mozambique goalkeeper Pinto Barros.
Mozambique upped their tempo after 10 minutes as Reinildo e Gildo amassed pressure on right back Bernard Chepeshi.
Gildo dribbled through Chespeshi in the 17th minute but his shot outside the box was saved by goal minder Jacob Banda.
The introduction of Dauti Musekwa for Chespeshi in the 38th minute bought sanity to Zambia’s defence.
In the second half, Zambia showed urgency on target with Kalengo’s header in the 51st minute going over the bar.
Kennedy Mudenda was substituted for Spenser Sautu in 59th minute and detected Chipolopolo’s midfield.
George ‘Chicken’Lwandamina’s final substitution of Lusaka Dynamos striker Luchanga for Mbewe worked in Zambia’s favour.
Zambia’s opening goal came in the 77th minute through Kalengo who headed-in Zulu’s cross leaving goalkeeper Pinto in shock.
Kalengo’s goal seemed to have dismantled Mozambique’s game plan which saw Zambia camp in their half.
Luchanga proved that he was worth national team call-up by scoring Zambia’s second goal through a header from Zulu’s cross in 80th minute sending a half filled Stadium into rapture.
It was Sautu who added the icing on the cake through a long-range shot to give Zambia the third goal in 89th minute.
Mamba’s coach Helder ‘Mano Mano’Muianga described the loss as sad despite his boys putting in a strong fight in the first half.
Lwandamina expressed happiness with the players performance in second half but said the victory will be sealed off in Mozambique.
Mozambique needs to score four an answered when they host Zambia next Saturday in Maputo to qualify for the CHAN finals.