By Sports Reporter
ZAMBIA kicked-off their chase for the Africa Futsal Championship title on a promising note beating Tunisia 4-2 on Friday night in South Africa at the Ellis Park Indoor Stadium, Johannesburg.
Coach Augusto Lucio described the win as a morale booster ahead of Zambia’s second group A match against hosts South Africa today at 14:00 hours at Ellis Park Indoor Stadium, Johannesburg.
South Africa will be seeking their first group A win having lost 7-4 to Mozambique.
Lucio said the players played as a unit which resulted in an impressive performance on the field.
“I am happy we won the first game. This was an important game and the boys put in their level best. They handled the pressure very well and fought to the end,” he said.
He said Zambia has to beat South Africa in today’s game to secure their place in the semi-finals.
He said the team was targeting the top three to qualify for the World Championship.
“South Africa will be under pressure to secure their first win hence expecting an attacking game. The boys are very composed and ready to record victory. We will not underestimate them because they are a strong side despite losing to Mozambique,” he said.
Meanwhile, Adrian Chama was Zambia’s hero on Friday night scoring a hat-trick to put away Tunisia’s chances of securing maximum points.
Chama opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a cracker shot from outside the box before Bilel Ajmi equalised for Tunisia two minutes later.
The two sides pressed for a lead goal with Ajmi making in 2-1 in favour of the North Africans. However, the lead was short lived as Chama levelled for Zambia.
Tunisia suffered a setback when Ajmi was handed a red card after committing a foul in Zambia’s defence.
Chama completed his hat-trick in the 32nd minute destroying Tunisia’s game plan.
Zambia’s Kelvin Kangwa sealed off the victory seven minutes later to secure the three points.
Tunisia upped their game but failed to bring down Zambia’s solid defence.
Zambia and Mozambique have three points apiece but the Lucio tutored side is placed second on an inferior goal difference.
If Zambia goes through to the semi-finals, they will face group B opponents of Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Libya.