Zambia’s chances of a first Africa Cup quarterfinal place since 1996 dimmed after they crushed to Cameroon on Sunday in Lubango who yet again taught their opponents what it means to have a winning mentality.
It was typical Zambia display of early passion before needlessly capitulating thrown in with poor tactical changes by Herve Renard.
Jacob Mulenga put Zambia ahead in the 8th minutes as the team dominated Cameroon in the opening 45 minutes of the game.
However, injury playmaker Rainford Kalaba and the departure of Felix Katongo who was replaced by Isaac Chansa in the second half failed to give Zambia any dynamism.
Kennedy Mweene too was a culprit in Zambia’s defeat when he suffered a bout of the Nayim a la David Seaman when he failed to deal with a Geremi thumped ball in the 68th minute.
Stopilla Sunzu found out what a cunning Samuel Eto’o could do when the inter-Milan striker made it 2-1 in the 71st minute.
Christopher Katongo who had been blowing hot and cold throughout the match stole some undeserved glory when he converted a penalty won by Mulenga after an ugly challenge from Cameroon goalkeeper Idriss Kameni in the 82nd minute.
Mahamadou Idrissou headed in the winner on 85 minutes to cap an impressive display by him after coming on in the second half.
Zambia switch camp to Benguela today where they will face Group D leaders Gabon on Thursday in a simultaneous kickoff with that of Cameroon and Tunisia in Lubango.
Meanwhile Gabon drew 0-0 against Tunisia to remain top on 4 points while Cameroon are number 2 with 3 points, Tunisia are 3rd on 2 points and Zambia bottom on 1 point.