Mulenga brace pushes Zambia to CHAN quarterfinals


2017 Zambia Footballer of the Year Augustine Mulenga fired a brace to send Chipolopolo to the 2018 CHAN quarterfinals.

Mulenga struck in each half in a 2-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday night in Marrakech to live up his title as Zambia’s best player.

The Zanaco midfielder took his tally to three goals from two games after scoring one against Uganda in Sunday’s 3-1 win over The Cranes at the same venue.

Mulenga silenced The Elephants in the 7th minute after Cote d’Ivoire who came flying out of the blocks in the first five minutes as they tried to unsettle Zambia.

The midfielder finished a fine pass from Lazarus Kambole from an unmarked position to put Zambia ahead.

Mulenga was almost provider in the 30th minute but his assist for Ernest Mbewe saw his club mate send his header off the post.

Cote d’Ivoire’s best chance came in a modest second half when striker Mel William Togui’s right footed shot went marginally wide of the right post.

But Mulenga left the best for last in the 75th minute when he waltz past four Ivoirians players to seal the points for Zambia.

Zambia stay in firm command of Group B on maximum 6 points and head into the January 27 quarterfinals with a match to spare.

Cote d’Ivoire’s campaign is over after two successive defeats following last Sundays 1-0 loss to Namibia.

Zambia face Namibia on January 22 looking up in Casablanca for a win that will see then win Group B and take them back to Marrakech for their last eight tie next Saturday.

Namibia, on 3 points, are in action this evening in Marrakech against Uganda who need to win to avoid joining Cote d’Ivoire on the early flight out of Morocco.



    • I knew it and I prophesized it was it yesterday the Zambia had customers in Cote d’Ivoire who we beat to win our maiden AFCON. Lungu there you are you have a prophet in me. I will tell you what happens in or by 2021. Sorry you will be dead or will not be allowed to stand. I am so sorry! I am not Bushiri but you know what? the writing is on the wall Mr Cholera Jonathan.


    • Stop that nonsensical .. Neither of them are directly or indirectly involved. Talk of Christopher Katongo instead… He talked much negatives against the coach a day the team left SA for Morocco.


  1. Well done Chipolopolo boys.keep it up!!
    Under PF Govnt,our soccer or football has gone to very high level!!!
    All the best boys!!indeed in bola na Lesa under PF!!
    You are putting a huge smile on our faces!!ZONDA UZALEMA KAINDE!!
    Namibia has beaten Uganda 1 nil so both Zambia and Namibia have 6 points!!


  2. It was easy to beat Ivory Coast, because this is a tournament for local players. All the stars of Ivory Coast have moved to Europe and other bigger leagues to play professional football, so you cannot expect their local players be good. As for Zambia, the players have failed to go to Europe, so Zambia has a strong side. This tournament favours the failures.


    • @Umwaume, why try to take the gloss out of the win by Zambia? One can equally say that the Ivorian team is composed of players who have failed to go to Europe… The fact is the Zambian side won the match, period!



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