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Alba Iulia
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Ghana end Zambia’s CAF U20 Cup hopes

Sports Ghana end Zambia's CAF U20 Cup hopes

Zambia squandered a 1-0 lead to make a painful early exit from the Senegal 2015 African Youth Championship on Thursday night.

An early goal from Zambia raised their hopes of keeping alive of qualification to the New Zealand 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Mali in their opening Group B match on Monday.

But a disallowed goal and two strikes from Ghana in each half saw them fall 2-1 in M’Bour.

Zambia took a first minute lead through Zanaco striker Davy Daka in the 1st minute but 25 minutes later, Ghana equalised through Abraham Attobrah.

Zambia were then denied a clear goal in the 42nd minute when Patrick Ngoma’s strike was unfairly judged to have been scored from an offside position.

Replays, though, suggest the goal was legitimate.

Zambia’s fate was sealed in the 84th minute when Samuel Afful put the result beyond doubt.

However, Ghana had goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu to thank in the final minutes of the match after denying Patson Daka and Benson Sakala to see them secure their fortunate passage to the semifinals and a place in the New Zealand finals in May.

Zambia face fellow winless side South Africa in their wooden spoon Group B clash on Sunday seeking a honourable bow from the tournament.

Meanwhile, Ghana and Mali are through on maximum six points each with a match in hand and they will battle for top spot in Group B on the same date.


  1. Overall the Zambian Team has not been up to the scratch. The much talked about talent in the Team never came out. For about 80 percent of the match, Zambia was under pressure. We always lack the ability to play a pressing game. The purpose, zeal and determination was clearly lacking in both games against Mali and Ghana. The boys from Mali and Ghana played with their minds focused on going to the Youth World Cup.

    • Perhaps you must also consider the team’s menu. The West Africans were gigantic against our little boys and the Malians easily outmuscled us. Our teams need to work on body building in all its facets from physical exercises to the food the boys eat. Just ask Kalusha. When he left Zambia for Cercle Brugge he was some frail little mosquito but after a year in Belgium you could see his torso building up

  2. Yaba!Fuel shortages,falling kwacha, president collapsing and now you fikabudo you shamelessly lose. You could atleast made us smile in the midst of all these problems but…. alas.

  3. Well done boys , it was a known issue that Ghana would win, so dont pretend to be imotional here lets just continue our ka life, broke, no fuel, falling kwacha, falling president,falling socer standards, cheap prostitutes, yaba what a COUNTRY

  4. They say that the future of any national team is gauged at the strength of the junior teams.

    In January, 2015 the Senior Chipolopolo was ejected in the first round of the AFCON.

    In February this same year the U-17 was ejected in the first round of the Junior Africa Cup Championship.

    In March this year, the U-20 has now been eliminated in the first round.

    So, there question is does Zambia have a great future in terms of football? My answer is NO! Why?

    Because of massive maladministration at football house where a coach has no contract, players are not paid their monies in time, former coaches – Ziese, Renard, Patrice and Bonnet- are all owed money.

    Player selection is catastrophic…The list is endless

  5. There is too much talking and praising of players even before they enter the playing grounds by the so called coaches and the fake soccer analysts and the players become big headed. Another issue is the poor and corrupt administration by FAZ officials. Honestly how can we have a FAZ President who does not stay in the country and runs the association by remote from RSA and is only seen in the country when there is a competition. Shame.

  6. Amakula…………………………………………………………………………… ………… ………… …………. ……….. …

  7. I said it that our coaches are not yet up to date taking up such challenges, Janza inclusive. If we don’t act now bring in a technical coach and invest our trust in these local coaches, we are going nowhere. If anything, lets bring back the Tournament Coach Herve Bangindi Rernad.


  9. Is there any mentor Godfrey Ucar Chitalu left behind? Tired of all these fake coaches that have no game plan except chipantepante.

  10. I am disappointed by these mediocre performances. National teams faltering when it matters most. Thank you nonetheless Kalusha and the teams of men and women you are working with for qualifying Zambia to the continental levels.
    But you have lamentably failed, consistently so if I may add, when you meet the best. What you need is a plan to not just qualify, but to also conquer: be it Africa or the World at large. Yeah, there, work on THAT…
    Online, we have tirelessly advised you to keep your teams active year round in quality friendlies. The problem is that you assemble your teams only when there’s a tournament just coming up. No, no, no, Kalu! You must always be having a plan to work and improve your teams in some aspects of the game. Do you want valuable feedback and success?

  11. Against Ghana, Junior Chipolopolo played well. We would have loved them to win but there is a team that we can build on.

  12. The zambian football is surrounded by corruption when it comes to coaching staff. At the moment all the coaches corruptly chosen by great kulu.

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