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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Renard Seeks to End Zambia’s False Dawns

Sports Renard Seeks to End Zambia's False Dawns

Zambia face Senegal on Wednesday in an important battle for supremacy of Group A at the inaugural CHAN tournament when the two sides face-off in Abidjan in an 18:00 kickoff.

This game will be Zambia’s first real test of its staying power in the CHAN after all the hype surrounding their fairly easy 3-0 win against modest hosts Cote d’Ivoire in the tournaments opening game on Sunday.

Both Zambia and Senegal are on 3 points but the former lead Group A thanks to a superior goal difference after the latter beat Tanzania 1-0 in match two also on Sunday.

Victory for Zambia in their mid-week Group A game will hand the team its first major semifinal appearance slot in a senior Caf event since the 1996 Africa Cup tournament.

This match too is another test for Zanaco striker Given Singuluma’s reputation as CHAN top scorer with three goals as he tries to erase his part of Zambia’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup misadventure last month.

The same will go down for Herve Renard who is under pressure to avoid a case of De Ja Vu after the false down in Uganda.

Meanwhile, Zambia face a pragmatic Senegal whose pace and physical presence is surely to test Renard’s adventurous flair from their game against Cote d‘Ivoire.

Zambia’s captain Kebby Hachipuka of Green Eagles should be a key figure in what is expected to be potentially a bruising battle ahead against Senegal.

Senegal are certain not to give too much respect to midfielders Henry Banda of Zanaco and including Zesco United’s William Njobvu following their impressive display against Cote d’Ivoire.

Moreover, Renard’s side were not tested defensively on Sunday and looked suspiciously suspect when Ivorian striker Florent Sahoure bear down on them for the 79 minutes was on the pitch before being red carded.

And defender Elijah Tana is set to start after his arrival in Abidjan on Monday and should bring some stability and experience though he will be certainly short on pace against an expected rampaging attack from the Senegalese.

However, Renards biggest worry is the left back where Power Dynamos’ Perry Mubanga, as expected, was exposed- something familiar with the defenders form over the years.

And in the second Group A penultimate match, winless Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania meet in the second kickoff at the same venue each hoping to keep their CHAN dreams alive.


  1. My advice to all of you is, dont get excited, once you do, these boys will embarass you! i further ask you not to say anything positive because that will make them over excited and perfom poorly.in other words the more negative words the better!

    • You must be very wise like me. Treat them in that manner. I said last time, support them but do not put your precious hopes in them otherwise you will be greatly disappointed. You must expect a loss (although in the deeper corner of your heart dream a win), be optimistic that they will get a draw (but you put your fingers crossed for a big surprise) then for heaven’s sake expect a miracle and you will celebrate like a proper Zambian, Chipolopolo ieeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhh Chipolopolo ieeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhh Chipolopolo ieeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhh

    • Baby C you are a genious and i agree with lets keep on underating them so that they prove a point otherwise we will be disapointed like the way cameroon did last year

  2. Aah, I hope this Zambian Game wont crash with the Champions league games because if it does, the Zambian game will have to give way.No doubt about it.

    • who are you calling boys?Those big men with families are what you are calling boys.Please kindly refer to them as dadies or men

  3. The writer of this article sounds negative as s/he tries to imply that zambia’s victory was expected seencethey were playing a “modest” Ivorian team. You should learn to give credit were it’s due.

  4. Zambia will carry the day. Locally based Senegalese players are not that good. Senegal relies more on their pros. 2 nil to Zambia will be the result.

    • YES WE CAN.I believe zambia can make it,though in football,any can happen as we av sin b4 eg during EURO 2008 who expected Russia cud beat Holland.If zambia improves a bit more,we carry the day.lets hold ichituli zambia and release the bullet we can do it.

      Msazi phiri


  5. Bizzarre incident
    Police in Livingstone have arrested a 75 year old man for allegedly having carnal knowledge with his 7- year old son.

    Goilo Simataa, a linda Township resident was arrested over the weekend after a tip off from members of the public

    • What does this have to do with football other than the dad concerned had balls. What do you expect of men still having kids at 68!!

  6. The high before the fall, the Zambian team always has this great false starts and poor finishes. They seem to lack the stamina to run the course. Having said that I am routing for them all the way.

  7. First why allow CHI TANA to play after his muppet last time. Then, this CHAN something pipo, expect teams like Tanzania, Zambia and all those under performers at the senior most Africa cup tournament to SHINE. Reason – They don’t have a lot of quality proffessionals in their regular squads. The squads they are using now are more exposed than the big teams whose teams largely depend on proffessionals and often times leave out their local players on the bench in most international matches.


  9. My advice to you guyz is neva to relax or panic,just go on the pitch and utilize all the chances that may come your way.Try to attack from both left,right and center.I know you can do it .Senegal is just like any team in the group u included.Your being there was not a fluke. GO ZAMBIA GOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  10. How do I get a gravetar without giving out my e-mail address?

    Zambia National Team Sucks!! It does nothing but raise Blood Pressure….blood suger and hormonal astrogenes!

  11. Imwe guys, if anyone is able to broadcast this match ony of their blogs or via justin tv, please share the link, we would like to see this match.
    Good luck boys!

  12. Now this is tricky..I wouldn’t call it a good result 4 us.Remember CECAFA winning the 1st,drawing the next & crashing out in the final game?I’m however cautiously optimistic.I don’t know how the Tanzania match might end up,but let’s hope we can win that one because another draw will be very tricky.Who played better?How did the Zambian team fare in this game?

  13. Do not lose faith its a designed result. The lions are not an imagined threat,they are real. Besides our last game (taifa) is good as done

  14. zambia is going nowhere, I told you not get carried away by zambia’s performance againet COTEES. Now what is the story. zambia will loose to tanzania. wait and see…………………….

  15. Well done so far ,now lets beat the Taifa stars to consolidate our position.It looks like we slowly getting our shine back.

  16. #45. Why are are so negative? A u Zambian? Do u luv fotbo? Were u abused?nothing happens by chance. It’s always by trend or luck, and we have been favoured by trend.

  17. #45 surely out all that have posted comments I bet you’ve proved to have the worst personal opinion. Keep it to your level of thought and reasoning.

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