Zambia made the worst possible start in their 2019 AFCON qualifiers after losing 1-0 at home to Mozambique at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Stanley Ratifo secured the all-important 3 points for Mozambique in a game of two halves at Levy Mwanawasa.
But it was Zambia who made a promising start with striker Fwayo Tembo sending his 24th minute narrowly before Mozambique goalkeeper Victor parried is 38th minute free kick.
The post then conspired against Kondwani Mtonga in the 56th minute and his Zesco United club mate Dave Daka shot on the rebound hit the side netting.
The tide turned in the second half and Mozambique led by captain Elias Pelembe who pressured the hosts and Zambia defender Stopilla Sunzu went into overtime mode.
Sunzu cleared Teliho’s shot in the 82nd minute before intercepting Pelembe’s shot in the 86th minute.
But Ratifo pounced on the near post when he poked in a Telinho’s cross to stun Zambia and collect the three points to hand the hosts their first home loss in an opening Africa Cup qualifying match since 2001 when Madagascar won 2-1 at Independence Stadium in Lusaka