Striker Winston Kalengo scored a lone goal as Zambia kicked off the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Sudan away at Karima Sports Complex on Wednesday evening.
Kalengo benefited from a defensive error in the opponents backline to slot a low shot into an empty net after 29 minutes to aid Chipolopolo edge Sudan in this first leg tie of the knock out round two World Cup qualifier.
As expected it was a tough game but resilience proved the difference between the two sides.
The match played on a pitch resembling a polo ground started on a slow note with Zambian players seemingly struggling to adapt to the sandy playing surface at Karima Sports Complex.
Kennedy Mweene kept George Lwandamina’s side into the game with some fines saves in the opening ten minutes before defender Boyd Mkandawire saw his effort from outside the box miss the target my inches.
After carrying a 1-0 advantage into the break, Zambia played the last half with a cautious mind as they defended in numbers. Zambia survived numerous scares from Sudan before the final whistle.
Meanwhile, Zambia and Sudan clash in the return leg on Sunday in Ndola with the overall winner advancing to the group stage of the World Cup qualifying campaign.