Zambia’s 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifiers opponents Congo-Brazzaville and Kenya had a busy Tuesday in their respective 2018 World Cup second round, final leg qualifying engagements.
Congo were away to Ethiopia while Kenya made a late trip to Cape Verde after logistical problems and a protracted player pay sit-in at the airport in Nairobi prior to departure.
In Addis Ababa, Congo rallied to beat Ethiopia 2-1 away thanks to goals from Francis Nganga and Thierry Bifouma in the 48th and 58th minutes respectively cancelling out Getaneh Kebede’s 28th minute goal.
Congo advance to the group stage 6-4 on aggregate.
Congo will play Zambia in both sides next 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier on March 23 in Ndola before Chipolopolo travel to Brazzaville four days later.
In Praia, Kenya lost 2-0 to bow out of the race to Russia 2-1 on aggregate.
The results mean Zambia and Congo are the only teams from Group E to advance to the 2018 World Cup group stage qualifiers.
Guinea Bissau were eliminated 4-2 on aggregate in the preliminary first round by Liberia,.