Congo Double Stuns Zambia
Congo have set up a grudge final meeting on Sunday against Ghana who crushed them 3-0 in their final Group B game on March 3 while Zambia will face Senegal 24 hours earlier for bronze in Bouake.
Zambia were down 2-0 within the opening 18 minutes of the first half thanks to two stunning long-range strike from Bongelli Lofo and Doko Kaluyituka.
Lofo let-rip from just outside the box with a wonder-strike that Davy Kaumbwa failed to stop with just 2minutes played after the whistle to signal the opening phase of the match.
His teammate Kaluyituka matched it with another sublime goal after skipping Nyambe Mulenga on the right to rifle into the far left hand corner of Zambia’s net also from outside the box.
Strangely, Zambia were not shell-shocked but rather very untidy with their passing, trapping and purpose approaching Congo’s box as the void in technique between the two sides was clear to see.
Zambia’s first real chance on goal in the opening half was created by Jonas Sakuwaha whose shot was kept out from squeezing in on the near post by Congo goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba who parried for a corner.
Congo eased off after the break letting Zambia dominated and in the 61st minute, Kidiaba was made to earn his way to the final after overcoming a fumble with the ball to collect Francis Kasonde’s shot.
Late substitute Patrick Kasunga making his CHAN and senior debut saw his header cleared off the line in the 74th minute.
Given Singuluma later popped up with five minutes left on the clock to head in Zambia’s consolation as Herve Renard’s men bared down on Congo all the way into the three minutes of extra time but the latter held on for a Sunday rendezvous with Ghana.
Meanwhile, Ghana secured their final place after a 7-6 post-match penalty win over Senegal after a 1-1 draw after extra time.