Zambia redeemed themselves in the 2016 CHAN qualifiers following a 6-5 post-match penalty home win over Namibia on Saturday at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Chipopolopolo’s win also saw them avenge two successive defeats at the hands of Namibia after losing 2-1 in the first leg on June 21 and 5-4 on post-match penalties in the 2015 Cosafa Cup quarterfinals on may 24 in South Africa.
The game was decided on post-match penalties after Zambia’s 2-1 home win today saw the match tied 3-3 on aggregate to force a shootout decider.
Kondwani Mtonga, Moses Phiri, benedict Chepeshi, Buchizya Mfune and Christopher Munthali all converted for Zambia.
Veteran striker Winston Kalengo scored the winning goal in regulation time to keep the tie alive and later converted Zambia’s 6th penalty in sudden death to send Zambia through to the final qualifying round in October where they will face Mozambique who beat Seychelles 4-0 away to advance 9-1 on aggregate.
Meanwhile in the 90 minutes, Zambia took the lead in the 30th minute through Festus Mbewe but Benjamin Nenavu equalised in the 45th minute.
Kalengo scored the winning goal in the 75th minute on their way to a post-match penalty win.
Zambia has failed to qualify for the last two editions of the CHAN finals since winning bronze at the inaugural tournament in cote d’Ivoire in 2009.
The CHAN tournament is an Africa Cup exclusively for home-based players that enters its fourth edition in Rwanda next year.
Libya are the defending champions.