Guinea Bissau defeated Zambia for the first time in their history to end George Lwandamina’s sides chances of automatic 2017 Africa Cup qualification.
The 3-2 win in the two sides penultimate Group E qualifier came a year after Guinea Bissaue held Zambia to a scoreless draw in Ndola in what was Lwandamina’s first game in charge on June 13, 2015.
Zambia, 3rd on 6 points, cannot usurp leaders Guinea Bissau who lead on 10 points after Saturday’s penultimate Group E qualifier.
Lwandamina and his team must now hope that bottom placed Kenya, on 1 point, do them a favour and beat 2nd positioned Congo-Brazzaville on Sunday in Nairobi to keep alive 3rd placed Zambia’s still very slim chances of qualifying via one of the two second best teams slots up for grabs.
Zambia host Kenya this September in their final Group E qualifier.
Victory for Congo, who have 6 points with a better goal difference than Zambia, away in Nairobi will confirm the news that Chipolopolo will miss the Africa Cup for the first time since 2004.
Meanwhile, Guinea Bissau took a 2-1 lead into the break after Zezinho Lopes converted from the spot in the 13th minute after Stopilla Sunzu brought down Fredrico Mendy.
Collins Mbesuma equalised in the 25th minute before Mendy put the home side back ahead in the 36th minute.
Christopher Katongo restored parity in the 52nd minute but Guinea Bissau had the final say in stoppage time.
Silva punished Zambia courtesy of some amateur defending by Napsa Stars defender Boyd Mkandawire whose poor back-pass header landed at the wingers feet and later outpaced latter and Adrian Chama to fire in the winner.