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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Benin Crawl Back To Hold Chipolopolo

Sports Feature Sports Benin Crawl Back To Hold Chipolopolo

Chipolopolo on Sunday wrapped-up their October international duty unbeaten following a 2-2 away draw against Benin in Cotonou.

The result came three days after they were held 1-1 away in Niger on the first stop of their two-match friendly tour of West Africa.

Coach Aggrey Chiyangi started ten domestic-based players in today’s game with a clear eye on this Saturdays 2020 CHAN last round, final leg qualifier against eSwatini in Lusaka whom they beat 1-0 away on September 22 in Manzini.

Chiyangi had in the Niger match started the core of the probable’s for next month’s 2021 AFCON Group H doubleheader qualifier against Algeria away on November 14 and Zimbabwe at home during the weekend of November 16.

Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga scored a brace for Chipolopolo in a match Benin rallied twice to snatch a home draw.

Shonga, who was the only foreign-based player in the starting XI, put Chipolopolo ahead in the 21st minute.

But Benin striker Kevin Mounie equalized in the two minutes before the break to send the teams tied into halftime.

Chipolopolo then breathed a sigh of relief in the 67th minute when Sebastian Mwange saved Stephane Sessegnon’s penalty.

Shonga then completed his brace in the 79th minute, and a minute later, Chiyangi brought on South African-born goalkeeper Mwenya from Polokwane City for Mwange to see the 25-year-old make his Chipolopolo debut.

However, Benin midfielder Souleymane Adeoti equalized in stoppage time to deny Chipolopolo an opportunity to end their tour with a victory.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting about Mwenya Chibwe the goalkeeper at Salulani’s team? So Zambia won the drama, because the guy was called to South African national team. Did he use the dual citizenship thing? If he is legal to play for Zambia, then its good for team, who had no goalkeeper for sometime. But I still think Mwange is doing just good, better than Toaster.

    • I can write the same intro above this way: Chipolopolo on Sunday wrapped-up their October international duty without a victory following a 2-2 away draw against Benin in Cotonou.

  2. #1 you comment literally on anything on LT especially on matters bordering akainde. Are you one of those waiting for him to enter statehouse so that you return home to snatch people’s jobs like what happened at ZR during Hachipuka’s reign?

  3. In both games Zambia led at some point, twice in the 2 all draw against Benin. Overally the performance was good especially that it was in West Africa where together with North Africa our outings have not been so good. In both games our striking force lacked the killer instinct like that of Kalusha, Mbesuma and Chris Katongo who whether home or away performed per excellent. Going forward, Chiyangi must focus on reshaping and sharpening the striking force especially that Mwepu and Patson will not be part of the senior team until after 2019 U23 Africa games.

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