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SAT 06 SEPTEMBER 2014, 15:00

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Janza's Zambia flops against Mambas

by Kalumiana Kalumiana

Sat September 06, 18:51

Honour Janza's first competitive game as Zambia coach didn't go according to plan after they were held to stalemate by plucky Mozambique at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.


Fans were left disappointed after so much anticipation from Zambia following last Sunday's 3-1 friendly win over Sudan in Lusaka.


However, the revamped Zambia team that had four players from last weekend’s starting XI failed to spark against a Mozambique side that has yet to beat Zambia in fourteen meetings, three of which are draws.


Midfielders Chisamba Lungu, Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala were a bar above the rest and held the team as it stuttered through the 90 minutes against a Mozambique side that packed nine men behind the ball.


Strikers Jacob Mulenga and Given Singuluma mis-fired all round and missed in quick succession in the 44th minute when Mozambique goalkeeper Ricardo Campos denied them from close range in quick succession.


Mulenga rightfully departed on the 60th minute and was replaced by Collins Mbesuma who brought in some much need life to the attack.


Mbesuma almost found the target in the 85th minute but Mexers stole the ball from his feet as the Mpumalanga Black Aces striker beared down on Mozambique's goal.


Fwayo Tembo also had a late free kick fly just wide of Mozambique's goal before Thierry Nkuruseka brought a forgettable performance by Zambia to a logical conclusion.


Zambia and Mozambique have one point each heading into match-day-two on Wednesday away to Cape Verde and at home to Niger respectively.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
ZAMBIA MOZAMBIQUE
Goalkeeper
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Goalkeeper
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Goalkeeper
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Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
0
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
18
Defender
0
Defender
21
Defender
0
Defender
3
Defender
0
Defender
2
Defender
13
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
16
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
19
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
10
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