Zambia closed 2012 on a low note after losing 1-0 away to Tanzania in a friendly on Saturday at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam.
The African champions huffed and puffed in the first half as Tanzania dominated their guests.
Striker James Chamanga came close with the African champions best chance of the first half in the 44th minute but blasted his effort marginally wide.
A minute later, Tanzania shocked Zambia when midfielder Mrisho Ngasa outpaced Kampamba Chintu and skipped goalkeeper Daniel Munyau to score what would turn out to be the winner.
Zambia were a different side after the break after Chris Katongo, Isaac Chansa and Nathan Sinkala were respected for Evans Kangwa, Mukuka Mulenga and Francis Kasonde respectively.
Sunzu was outstanding in defence while Mukuka gave Zambia’s midfield the kiss of life and came close to his debut goal in the 73rd minute when he hit the post.
Felix Katongo too hit the post four minute before fulltime in a frustrating second half after dominating the second period.
Meanwhile, Zambia head back home for Christmas but regroup on December 26 in Johannesburg for their final phase of training came ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup that kicks off on January 19.