Zambia have beaten Congo-Brazzaville 2-1 in the 2019 Under-23 Africa Cup final round, first leg qualifier played at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Striker Fashion Sakala scored a brace on Wednesday evening.

Zambia took a 1-0 lead into the half time break thanks to Sakala’s 7th minute close range tap in after being set up by Patson Daka.

Congo scared the home side with an equalising header poked in by Jacques Temopele seconds into the second half.

Sakala eased pressure on Zambia when striking the winner a minute away from 90 minutes after benefiting from Harrison Chisala’s short pass.

Wasteful Zambia could have beaten Congo by a higher margin.

Sakala himself and Daka missed countable opportunities in both halves.

The teams meet in the return match on September 8 in Pointe Noir.

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  1. Congratulations boys!! But the mild field and striking force must be adjusted for better results in returning counter


    • I was very disappointed with the lighting in the stadium, so dim the lights where and the president was watching. who the hell is responsible for maintenance of this infrastructure mwebantu. the stadium is of high stamdard but so poor lighting.


  2. Very true I was there the lighting was not good the western wing the lights were off the toilets no lights.


  3. Well done lads, but beware, the task is only half done, a more disciplined & ruthless approach essential in Congo B against a very good side.
    Great crowd @ at Heroes stadium though better management needed to control access, state of toilets as well as ensuring that ALL exits are opened on time! A magnificent structure is going to waste needlessly…



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