Zambia’s embarrassing outing to Angola in the four-nation invitational tournament to celebrate that country’s 40 years of Independence yesterday ended in a limbo after another poor show following a 4-3 loss to Namibia.
The two countries played to a goalless draw in regulation time forcing the match to be decided on post-match penalties to leave Zambia as tail-enders in fourth position
Zambia’s loss at the November 11 Stadium in Luanda was the third successive defeat to Namibia in 11 months. The Chipolopolo’s first defeat to Namibia was at COSAFA Cup in South Africa where the team succumbed to a 1-0 score line before Namibia repeated its impressive feat at the CHAN first leg match at home with a 2-1 win.
The George Lwandamina-drilled side comes out of this mini-tournament without a win after they were walloped 3-0 by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday.
Mwila Phiri, Spencer Sautu and Mwape Mwelwa converted their spot kicks, but Jack Chirwa and Buchizya Mfune were casualties.
Goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata saved the Brave Warriors’ second spot-kick but it was not enough as they converted the other three.
Lwandamina changed the starting line-up from the team that started against the DRC in the first game by resting goalkeeper Danny Munyao, Christopher Munthali, Charles Zulu and Festus Mbewe but that did not save the team from another loss.
The four teams that included Angola and DRC were using the tournament to prepare for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers this week.
The next assignment for Lwandamina is the game against Sudan in the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier in the first leg second round match this Wednesday.