The Zambia Under-23 on Sunday missed out on qualifying for this year’s All-Africa Games after succumbing to a 2-1 home loss at the hands of Nigeria in the return leg of the final round played at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Nigeria have since qualified to the All Africa Games men’s under-23 football competition.

Fighton Simukonda’s side allowed a goal in each half to lose 2-1 which was also the aggregate score-line as the first leg match in Abuja finished goalless on 22 March.

Nigeria took a 1-0 lead into the half time break when forward Taiwo Awoniyi beating keeper Toaster Nsabata from close range following a mix up in the Zambia defence.

Taiwo completed a his brace in the 86th minute after beating a poorly erected offside trap just ten minutes after Zambia had equalised through Friday Samu.

Earlier in the game, the Junior Chipolopolo had missed several chances through star striker Ronald Kampamba in both halves.

Kampamba had difficulties in converting clear cut chances Zambia created especially in the second half.

At half time the Zambian side was booed by fans who were seemingly not happy with the team’s uninspiring display in the first 45 minutes.

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  1. For some reason, I think this is good for Zambia. I like and adore Kalu the player but I detest and abhor Kalu the administrator. So by losing, he won’t have anything to use to hoodwink gullible rented sports administrators of clubs like Nchanga who gave suggesting wamuyayaya syndrome at FAZ

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    • What a year!! Zambia is a bunch of losers!!
      I think Zambia will even loose the upcoming by-elections.
      Country has no government, no leadership, no motivation, no nothing!!

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    • You just wait for such dismal displays by national teams before you puke your brooding dislike of Kalu, he is the only Zambia’s Icon Legend surviving. No one can wrestle power from Kalu they less they what they have done for soccer in Zambia. Zambia recorded the waist of results leading to 2004. Kalu is wamuyayaya. He says Zambian coaches need more exposure you blame him, they fail, you have a go at him. This time we the true fans will not allow you to attack Great Kalu, we shall expose you all

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    • You just wait for such dismal displays by national teams before you puke your brooding dislike of Kalu, he is the only Zambia’s Icon Legend surviving. No one can wrestle power from Kalu unless they show what they have done for soccer in Zambia. Zambia recorded the waist of results leading to 2004. Kalu is wamuyayaya. He says Zambian coaches need more exposure you blame him, they fail, you have a go at him. This time we the true fans will not allow you to attack Great Kalu, we shall expose you all

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    • Nostradamus you’ve cracked my ribs! “Zambia will lose the upcoming by elections” indeed! The poor results we are getting from whichever sector are indicative of the general malaise in the state of the country! When one, say has a sore on the heel, the wellness of the whole body will be affected!

      There must be a way of motivating the players so they work harder on the football pitch and it must not always be monetary. Among these players there could be some who want to improve educationally (secondary and tertiary) thus classes could be arranged for them and there could also be those who probably would just want to learn some trade.

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    • ZAMBIA’S FREE FALL IN SOCCER:
      2012 – CROWNED AFCON CHAMPIONS
      2013 – BOOTED OUT OF AFCON TOURNAMENT AT GROUP STAGE WITHOUT WINNING A SINGLE MUCH
      2015 – AGAIN BOOTED OUT OF AFCON TOURNAMENT WITHOUT WINNING A SINGLE MUCH
      2016 – FAIL TO QUALIFY FOR AFCON 2017

      Player morale is at its LOWEST in the National team whereas CORRUPTION IS ON THE INCREASE.

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  2. As Kalampa fan i ll blam SATE SATE & SIMUKONDA 4 not matching SATE wth KALULU & 4 SATE he had many chances to make our lovely club & mother Zambia proudy but had no help.
    “TOO BAD TO BE BOOTED OUT KWATI NI BA POWER MU CAF”.

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    • He is as clean as a white slate, you will bring all sorts but you will not get Kalu, take that. The Post started all sorts of fights including insulting his family on the front page of the post away from the back page but see what is happenint to them, less readership and now a vulture fund set against them.You cannot build a pedigree on pet hatred, man. JESUS reigns.

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  3. I watched the game and Sate Sate was very poor and i wonder why Fighton Simukonda kept him for 90 minutes!!the chap is very poor at goal now!!ITS GOOD NEWS SO THAT A THIEF KALUSHA CAN BE BOOTED OUT OF FAZ!!THIS CROOK HAS RAN DOWN FOOTBALL IN ZAMBIA DUE TO HIS LOVE FOR MONEY!!!WITH KALU ON TOP OF FAZ,THEN WE MUST FORGET ABOUT IMPROVING OUR SOCCER!!!CONGRATS TO NIGERIA FOR EXPOSING OUR USELESS PLAYERS AND COACHES!!!

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  4. ZAMBIAN FOOTBALL HAS FINALLY BEEN DECLARED DEAD!!!
    Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.
    Stone Cold DEAD like the Zambian Kwacha.

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  5. Where to Zambia?Look at the performance of the under 20 nd 17 teams.The senior team will fail to qualify with this type of soccer administration.

    If we continue doing what we are doing we will continue getting the same results.
    Something needs to be done ASAP?

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  6. Too bad. Its now all the national teams booted out, both cubs booted out. What’s the way forward?
    Its like these U17,20 and 23 players called in national teams have failed to deliver, talent identification is need.
    Our 2017 Afcon qualifications will kick off in June, let’s recall the old guards like Katongo and Mulenga

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  7. We need to learn something from the Nigerians. What makes them succeed is their sense of self belief and confidence. Whereever they go they beleive they are the best. They carry a sense of national pride. There is too much negativity in Zambia. We always believe we cant be the best but others. To most zambians everything foreighn is good including religion. You cant go to war with such mentality otherwise you will be butchered. In yesterdays much Zambia were a better side, but if you have no faith in yourselves and believe your friend is good you will be beaten. This is both in the minds of players and funs alike.
    To the football association of Zambia, days of preparing teams two weeks before an international engagement are long gone. No friendly muches and haste arrangements.

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    • Nigeria is my country. here we have this die hard mentality other Africans don’t have, a Naija believe he is at home any where he find himself and can quickly adapt. Zambia had a draw in Abuja and yet Nigeria believe the result can be overturn, and it eventually did happened over there in Lusaka. Mind you, the guy ( Taiwo Awoniyi) that demolished Zambia has a good scoring ability. he was there for us in UAE, when Nigeria won the under 17 world cup for the record 4 times all in Asian soil, that is all the world cup hosted by Asia we won all. China 1985,Japan 1993,Korea 2007, and the last being the UAE in 2013. we have good under age sporting programmes. the under 20 nation cup hosted by Senegal which Nigeria won, he was there. we would represent Africa in the Olympic well, we won it in…

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