11 October 2018 09:19
Chipolopolo broke their 2019 AFCON qualifier drought on Wednesday at home with a convincing 2-1 home over Guinea Bissau at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka to collect their first Group K win.
The victory saw Zambia join Guinea Bissau on 4 points after three games where Mozambique are also on the same number of points ahead of Saturday’s match day three home date against bottom placed Namibia in Maputo.
Stopilla Sunzu and Justin Shonga scored the critical goals in each half to exorcise Zambia's 3-2 loss to Guinea Bissau in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers that handed the latter passage to the Gabon AFCON finals and Chipolopolo's elimination from that race.
Meanwhile, Chipolopolo dominated the first half in Lusaka firing the first warning shot in the 1st minute when Cletus Chama volley was parried by Jonas Mendes.
The domination paid off in the 17th minute when 2012 AFCON winning hero Sunzu bundled in the ball off an Augustine Mulenga assist.
But Guinea Bissau did give Zambia a scare just four minutes earlier when Fredrick Mendy header on the far post from Edienson Gomes's free kick flashed inches wide on the right angle.
Chipolopolo, though, were in control after the goal and Nathan Sinkala hit the post in the 21st minute.
Then, Mwepu conjured probably the move of the match in the 27th minute that involved at least five touches between himself, Lubambo Musonda and Chama but sadly his final touch was parried by Mendes.
Shonga then put some reasonable distance to the score line when he collected a clever through ball from Chama deep in midfield before he outpaced two Guinean defenders in the 55th minute.
It was Shonga’s second goal of the qualifiers after netting in the 1-1 draw against Namibia on September 8 in Windhoek.
It could have been three-nil but Lubambo elected to hit the side netting in the 71st minute.
But the tide the changed in the last fifteen minutes just after a flurry of three changes by Guinea Bissau and put Chipolopolo on the backfoot.
It paid off in the 80th minute when Mendy capitalized on a poor clearance by Chipolopolo goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene to cut the deficit.
Chipolopolo have an immediate opportunity to compete their revenge over Guinea on October 14 when their wrap up their Group K doubleheader in Bissau in a battle for the seven points with three games left to play.