A first half goal from Collins Mbesuma handed Zambia a 1-1 draw against Cameroon in a Group B 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Stade Omnisport in Limbe on Saturday afternoon.
In the wake of the stalemate, Chipolopolo now occupy third spot in the group with one point, with Algeria and Nigeria going head to head in Uyo on Saturday evening.
The hosts found the back of the net through a penalty from Vincent Aboubakar and now sit at second spot with two points from two draws so far.
In the beginning of the match, goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was called to make a save in the sixth minute to deny Benjamin Moukandjo after a great move in the middle of the park.
After absorbing the pressure, Chipolopolo came close in the 30th minute when Mbesuma connected with Chisamba Lungu's cross on the left flank, but the forward's effort went wide not troubling goalkeeper, Joseph Ondoa.
Four minutes later, Mbesuma scored from a set piece in the box delivered by skipper, Rainford Kalaba's educated left foot and the Highlands Park striker finished from close range.
In the dying minutes of the opening half, Hugo Broos' men received a penalty when a Zambian defender handled the ball in the box, Aboubakar netted beating Mweene to his right.
It was 1-1 at half time.
With four minutes to go, Mweene produced a fine save to deny Aboubakar from a wonderful header to concede a corner on the far post.
Cameroon continued to ramp up the pressure, but Mweene and his teammates held firm to claim a valuable point on their travels.
Cameroon: (1) 1 (Aboubakar 45'+4)
Zambia: (1) 1 (Mbesuma 34')
Cameroon: Ondoa, Nyom, Nkoulou, Chedjou, Oyongo, Ngadeli-Ngadjui, Siani, Salli (Abang 45'), Ekambi (Bedimo 81'), Moukandjo, Aboubakar
Zambia: Mweene, Chongo, Kapumbu, Tembo, Sunzu, Chaila, Mtonga, Kangwa (Silwimba 44'), Lungu (I. Chansa 90'), Kalaba, Mbesuma (Kola 56')