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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Nyirenda sighs after Zambia win

Sports Nyirenda sighs after Zambia win

A makeshift Zambia side on Tuesday night came from behind to down Bafana Bafana 2-1 away at Moruleng Stadium in the North West Province of South Africa in an international friendly.

The Zambia team comprising of domestic league players, who were not part of Saturday’s 2019 AFCON qualifiers 1-0 home loss to Mozambique, battled from 1-0 down at halftime to beat Bafana.

Bafana also fielded a second string team that was on the bench in their 2-0 AFCON qualifying away win over Nigeria on Saturday with the expectation of French-based striker Kermit Erasmus of Lens and midfielder Andile Jali from Belgian club KV Oostende.

Meanwhile, South Africa took a 1-0 half time lead through Lebogang Manyama who headed in Erasmus’ cross in the 22nd minute.

Power Dynamos midfielder Godfrey Ngwenya almost equalized before the break but his free kick went inches wide of the post.

Zambia pressured and equalized in the 72nd minute through Green Buffaloes striker Brian Mwila.

Red Arrows forward Lubinda Munda sealed the win seven minutes later following some poor defending by Bafana.

But Power goalkeeper Allan Chibwe also kept Zambia in the game when he denied Manyama a brace in the 76th minute before stopping Percy Tau’s attempt in the near post in the 86th minute.

Nyirenda triumph ended his winless drought in 2017 after two scoreless away draws in friendlies against Zimbabwe on March 26 in Harare and Gabon on June 4 in Libreville before that home loss to Mozambique on June 10 in Ndola.


  1. They played B teams. How does that help the A teams play better and win? I don’t get it. So it’s not Zambia that beat SA because the National team didn’t play.

  2. Awe kwena mwati ma friendlies? The reporter forgot to tell us that South Africa also featured a makeshift bafana

  3. FIFA are Dull..why is everyone in the world playing friendlies after important games at the weekend instead of having it the other way around..?

  4. The teams though makeshifts are official games carrying caps and can affect rankings just like the qualifiers. Bafana have admitted that Zambia their 18 match unbeaten run from 2015.
    Nonetheless I agree with most of your comments but let’s deal with context. Zambia will be involved in cosafa (for our invisible medals) & CHAN. The team used was a perfect fit for both.

  5. @nzanzi-it’s not FIFA who decides when a nation can play friendlies. So don’t expose yo dullness or ignorance. The whole of last week was FIFA week n many teams played friendlies. Those who decided to use Tuesday this week have good reasons and don’t blame FIFA for that

  6. Sigh of what?? We need to win games that matter most. Even the u20 could have won by a better margin than a 2 to 1 win. Nyirenda should be thinking of going back to club football. Lets not wait until the rivers overflows. Kill them before they grow, that’s what the legendary Bob Marley sung….What are we waiting for?? Look at bafana bafana they had to bring in a more experienced coach, that’s why they managed to win that game in Nigeria..They did away with that old chap…whats his name…..somebody help me remember his name because i normally forget failures easily.

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