DESPITE beating Seychelles 4 -2 and climbing to six points, Zambia will have to wait for the result between Nambia and Bostwana to confirm qualifications to the 2023 Hollywoodbet COSAFA cup next round.
Leading by four zero in the 73rd minute Zambia’s passage to the next round seamed all sealed until opponents Seychelles scored in the 81st minute before adding a second eight minutes later.
Group B opponents Malawi beat Comoros 2-0 to finish top of the table with nine points, spelling elimination for the Islanders and leaving Zambia in need of calculator to confirm qualifications.
Zambia should be hoping for Bostwana to lose or draw.
After a disappointing start, where they fell to Malawi in their opening match, the Zambian squad gradually shifted gears, showcasing their true potential, building up momentum with each passing game.
Just like a gear lever clicking into place, they emerged triumphant over Comoros with a 2-1 victory in their second group stage encounter.
And today, the goals rained down on the pitch in July, as fans erupted in joyous chants of “Iye! Chipolopolo!”
Facing Seychelles, the Zambian team dominated the game from the outset, leaving their opponents a mere shell of their former selves.
Like a villain who had tampered with John Wick’s beloved dog, Seychelles was left battered and defeated as the Copper Bullets charged with relentless force.
The match witnessed an exhilarating display of skill and determination from both sides. In the 11th minute, Zambia drew first blood with a goal from Albert Kangwanda, setting the tone for the remainder of the game.
Killian Kanguluma extended the lead to 2-0 in the 54th minute, followed by Golden Mashata’s goal in the 58th minute, solidifying Zambia’s dominance.
Fredrick Mulambia added to the scoreline with a goal in the 73rd minute, making it seem like a comfortable victory for the Chipolopolo Boys.
However, a brief lapse in concentration allowed Seychelles to find the back of the net in the 81st minute through Brandon Labrosse.
Undeterred, Zambia pressed forward, only to concede a penalty in the 89th minute, which Seychelles’ Mellie Warren converted successfully.
The Zambian Coach Moses Sichone felt a pang of disappointment as his team let slip a 4-0 lead in the final moments of the match.
Albert Kangwanda was named the Man of the Match, rightfully claiming the accolade for his stellar performance throughout the game.
Reflecting on the match, Kangwanda acknowledged the team’s disappointment at the late goals conceded, emphasizing the need for improved concentration in future matches.
Seychelles coach, Vivian Bothe, highlighted the individual mistakes that ultimately cost his team the game.
Nonetheless, he remained optimistic, recognizing the valuable experience his young players gained from the challenging encounter..
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba July 11, 2023