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.