Lucky Msiska got a shock welcome to his high level competitive coaching debut when Zimbabwe beat his charges 3-2 in a Maputo 2011 All-Africa Games football tournament qualifier at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka today.
Zimbabwe dominated their hosts and showed their worth with all three goals coming in the first half.
Simba Sithole got show off to a bright start with his sides first on 17 minutes.
Highly-rated striker Denver Mukamba added Zimbabwe’s second on 22 minutes before Sithole completed his brace in the 34th minute.
Zesco United winger Chileshe Kangwa got one in the 27th minute to see the two sides go 3-1 into the break.
Meanwhile, a last minute goal from substitute Chakwa Lungu from Zesco kept Zambia in with a very slim chance of advancing.
Zambia needs to score two goals without reply in the return leg on January 22 at Rufaro Stadium to advance to the first round qualifying stage.
A 1-0 win will force the match into extra time and later penalties.