MATCH CENTRE

WED 10 OCTOBER 2018, 17:30, CHILILABOMBWE

2
VS
1

Zambia edge past Guinea Bissau in Lusaka

by Staff Reporter

Wed October 10, 19:37

Zambia beat Guinea Bissau 2-1 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Victory leaves the Chipolopolo unmoved in Group K, but level on four points with both Mozambique and Djurtus ahead of the return fixture in Bissau later this week.

The hosts dominated most of the clash and opened the scoring through Stoppila Sunzu in the 18th minute.

Orlando Pirates forward Justin Shonga made it two goals in two games as he doubled the home sides lead seven minutes following the break, as Zambia threatened to run away with it.

Zambia, though, missed a catalogue of chances in the closing stages with Lubambo Musonda and second-half substitute Patson Daka squandering gilt-edged opportunists for the hosts as they made life unnecessarily difficult for themselves.

Musonda particularly at fault with midfielder blazing his attempt over the crossbar when it looked easier to score, following good work by Augustine Mulenga down the left flank.

Zambia almost paid the ultimate price as Frédéric Mendy pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 80th minute to make for a nervy end to the match.

Toni Silva hustled and harried Mamelodi Sundowns teammate and Zambia captain Kennedy Mweene, who's costly error was pounced on by Mendy with the forward on hand to convert from close range.

Musonda had another chance four minutes later to restore Zambia's lead, but was unlucky to see his header canon off the woodwork.

Notoriously strong finishers, as Zambia can attest, Guinea Bissau pushed forward in search of the equalizer, but lucky for the hosts and particularly Mweene, it would not be forthcoming.

The reverse fixture will take place at the Estádio 24 de Setembro in Bissau on Sunday.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
ZAMBIA GUINEA-BISSAU
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
161
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
16
Defender
6
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
6
Defender
18
Defender
14
Defender
14
Defender
22
Defender
13
Defender
5
Midfielder
8
Defender
4
Midfielder
3
Defender
7
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
15
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